Magpies hold United, Bournemouth win
London, August 22
Manchester United’s 100 per cent start to the Premier League season ended when they were held to a goalless draw against Newcastle United at Old Trafford today.
Wayne Rooney had an early goal ruled out for offside as United, 1-0 winners in their opening two league games, dominated but it was Newcastle who went closest to scoring in the first half when Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the crossbar. Substitutes Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia then had opportunities to snatch a late goal for the home team who are on top with seven points.
United captain Rooney has made a mediocre start to the season but began brightly against Newcastle, having a sixth-minute goal chalked off. Juan Mata was twice denied by goalkeeper Tim Krul and Memphis Depay was a constant threat but United nearly conceded against the run of play when Newcastle’s close-season signing Mitrovic rattled the bar with a thunderous header. United finished the half on the back foot as Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez saw his shot squirm narrowly past the post.
The game burst into life with a frantic final 10 minutes as Hernandez was denied by a fine Krul save before man-of-the-match Coloccini produced a superb block to thwart Valencia. Chris Smalling headed against the post for United, while Papiss Cisse was just wide after a counter-attack by Newcastle who have two points from three matches.
Elsewhere, Callum Wilson's hat-trick gave promoted Bournemouth their first-ever Premier League victory with a thrilling 4-3 win over West Ham United at Upton Park. The south coast side, who lost their two opening games 1-0, led 2-0 at halftime thanks to a double from Wilson but West Ham levelled through Mark Noble (penalty) and Cheikhou Kouyate.
Marc Pugh nudged Bournemouth ahead again before Wilson converted a penalty, after West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson was dismissed, to complete his treble before Modibo Maiga pulled a goal back to set up a tense finish. Tottenham Hotspur ended Leicester City's perfect start under new manager Claudio Ranieri with a 1-1 draw while Bakary Sako snatched a late winner as Crystal Palace beat Aston Villa 2-1. Stoke City drew 1-1 with Norwich City and Sunderland secured their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw against Swansea City.