Left back Paul Dummett eclipsed two-goal Wayne Rooney with a last-minute equalizer as Newcastle United secured a pulsating 3-3 home draw against Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United on Tuesday.
Rooney appeared to have settled the game with a magnificent 79th-minute strike from the edge of the area after Memphis Depay’s run and shot ended with the ball ricocheting off Dummett into the path of the forward. But the Newcastle fullback had the last word after Daryl Janmaat’s cross into the United area was headed out by Chris Smalling, allowing Dummett to unleash an unstoppable drive from the edge of the area that flicked off Smalling and flew high into the visitors’ goal.
Rooney and Jesse Lingard had apparently put the visitors in control before Georginio Wijnaldum ended Newcastle’s run of 453 minutes without a goal to reduce the arrears. Aleksandar Mitrovic equalized with a 67th-minute penalty, awarded after Smalling wrestled him to the ground at a Newcastle corner.
Rooney had proved United’s savior with a last-minute penalty in the weekend FA Cup victory over Sheffield United and he was on the mark from the spot again in the ninth minute at St James’ Park. Referee Mike Dean judged that Chancel Mbemba had deliberately handled after Marouane Fellaini headed the ball against his outstretched arm. Rooney ignored the protests of the home team and supporters to calmly score for the third consecutive game, low into the right-hand corner.
There was nothing controversial about United’s second goal in the 38th minute, a textbook example of counter-soccer started when Fellaini won the ball just inside his own half. He found Rooney, who powered into the Newcastle area before feeding Lingard with a magnificent reverse pass, allowing the youngster to steer his second goal for United between goalkeeper Rob Elliot’s legs.
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But Newcastle had already shown flashes of attacking prowess that suggested they were capable of avoiding a fifth consecutive defeat on an evening that began with an emotional tribute to their former goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek, who died recently of a heart attack.
Their first goal was just as impressive as United’s second effort four minutes earlier as Fabricio Coloccini’s chip into the area was headed away by Fellaini, only for Wijnaldum to volley past David de Gea from 12 yards.