• FT

    Everton

    2

    Wigan

    1

  • FT

    Fulham

    1

    Southampton

    1

  • FT

    Man Utd

    4

    Newcastle

    3

  • FT

    Norwich

    0

    Chelsea

    1

  • FT

    QPR

    1

    West Brom

    2

  • FT

    Reading

    0

    Swansea

    0

  • FT

    Sunderland

    1

    Man City

    0

  • FT

    Aston Villa

    0

    Tottenham

    4

  • FT

    Stoke

    3

    Liverpool

    1

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Old Trafford, England

Attendance: 75596

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Manchester United

  • Jonathan Evans 25'
  • Patrice Evra 58'
  • Robin Van Persie 71'
  • Javier Hernández 90'

4 - 3

FT

Newcastle United

  • James Perch 4'
  • Jonathan Evans 28' OG
  • Papiss Demba Cisse 68'
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  •  

    James Tyler: Same to all of you. Cheers, Rog! And Paul! And you all! Until next time, folks.

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    [Comment from Red Devil]
    Hope everyone has a great Boxing Day and best wishes for a Happy New Year.

  •  

    James Tyler: Too close to call, Pat. I bet the bookies are no longer taking bets.

  •  

    [Comment from Pat]
    Over/Under that Mancini is fired before the end of the new year?

  •  

    James Tyler: Find us on Twitter as Rog noted, and enjoy the rest of your holiday period

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Chicharito's score is the first Premier League goal scored by a Mexican player in December.

  •  

    James Tyler: Cheers to all of you for joining us and ignoring your family members at the same time. The Boot Room is but a limp chatter without you all.

  •  

    James Tyler: No, it's seven Billy. Was four prior to today and City lost.

  •  

    [Comment from Billy]
    Man Utd lead is SIX points, not seven James.

  •  

    James Tyler: Fun game, this. Except for all the arguing, bad tackling, poor defending and bitterness.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Rock on America. Happy holidays to all... especially the T's in JT.

  •  

    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Boxing Day with Rog & JT is a tradition worth celebrating. Be well, boys.

  •  

    James Tyler: All budding keyboard enthusiasts feel free to compose something.

  •  

    James Tyler: Almost needs a theme song similar to THE CHAAAAMIIIPPPPIIIONS.

  •  

    James Tyler: What a morning. VIVA los Boxing Day.

  •  

    James Tyler: Their lead atop the Prem: SEVEN points.

  •  

    James Tyler: Another weekend, another dramatic win for Man United.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Fergie celebrating as if the title has just been won...

  •  

    James Tyler: I thought it was even in my Twitter profile, can't remember. ANYWAY....

  •  

    [Comment from BilboBaggins]
    Why do I feel like JT has been accused of supporting ManU multiple times this BootRoom? Don't we all know by now that he's LFC all the way?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Follow us on Twitter.

    @rogbennett (Sammy)


    @jamestylerespn (Shola)

  •  

    Roger Bennett: America -- how do you like your Boxing Day now?

  •  

    James Tyler: FT: United 4, United 3

  •  

    James Tyler: There it is!

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    James Tyler: INto the 99th minute of this one following the stretchering off.

  •  

    James Tyler: Well, when Fergie spent much of the halftime break doing it, I'm assuming it's OK for Pardew to reciprocate.

  •  

    [Comment from maverick]
    Newcastle were berating the ref as well. James, you really don't want to say that do you.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Newcastle to equalize but Simpson can't do anything but shin his shot from range.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    16 of Chicharito's 29 PL goals have been go-ahead scores. Only RVP & Rooney have more in last 3 seasons.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Good point by @DarkeIan -- Fergie's beration of refs will conveniently ignore Valencia's awful tackle, I bet.

  •  

    James Tyler: Not quite sure how that works, really.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Tony V a lucky boy there...

  •  

    James Tyler: A Magpie on a stretcher due to Valencia's dismal tackle. Yet no second yellow card.

  •  

    James Tyler: Game is delayed for free sharing of opinions with the officiating crew.

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    James Tyler: The majesty of the Boot Room, really.

  •  

    James Tyler: Love the sarcasm. You lot are spectacular. The reason that Rog and I huddle around our laptops to bash out prose during games.

  •  

    [Comment from Jim, Jersey]
    Nothing, Gary. He was a paragon of virtue whilst completely, continuously lambasting the linesman for the entire game. It's all good.

  •  

    [Comment from maverick]
    Fergie would be Stannis, not Joffery. I don't think there is anyone in footy who could be Joffery except maybe Sepp Bladder

  •  

    James Tyler: Agree, Martin. And like you said, they're much too good but the table doesn't lie, sadly for them.

  •  

    [Comment from martin]
    This game shows that Newcastle is too good to be in a relegation battle. But, unfortunately, that's where they've put themselves in.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Odd emotions for United. Their team dreadful in large spells but end the game with a real gap in the league.

  •  

    James Tyler: He spent a full 2-3 minutes delaying the second half kick off so he could harass ref Mike Dean on the pitch.

  •  

    [Comment from Gary]
    JT - What exactly did SAF do wrong? I think I missed that..

  •  

    James Tyler: No. The flurry of content on ESPNFC waits for no man. Must shutter this place.

  •  

    [Comment from Rugger]
    JT: You guys sticking around for the Villa v Spurs match up next?

  •  

    James Tyler: FT: Fulham 1, Southampton 1

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Archer. Great call. But too late for sustained debate. We are all Downton Abbey minded right now anyway.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Seven point gap for Man United?

  •  

    James Tyler: FT: Sunderland 1, Man City 0. That's a massive one. United to be seven points clear.

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    James Tyler: FT: Everton 2, Wigan 1

  •  

    James Tyler: Indeed. The moral victory means nothing here. Pardew has Arsenal and Everton ahead in the next week. Seventh defeat in Newcastle's past nine if this holds.

  •  

    James Tyler: Been a while since a GoT reference in the Boot Room. You lot are clearly slacking.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Gutter for Newcastle and their glorious fans. They will have to savor the patronizing cliche that they "made a fist of it."

  •  

    [Comment from Archer]
    I imagine Sir Alex is what a Game of Thrones Joffrey would be like as an elder.

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    [Comment from j]
    all credit to Newcastle for the entertainment

  •  

    James Tyler: FT: Reading 0, Swansea 0

  •  

    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    BAH HUMBUG

  •  

    James Tyler: That's one perspective.

  •  

    [Comment from Billy James]
    Congrats, Sir Alex. You've behaved despicably and earned your three points. You cankerous old sod.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chicharito yanked to rich applause at a rainy Old Trafford. Darren Fletcher on to slow things down in the final 120 seconds.

  •  

    James Tyler: First lead for Man Utd today.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Chicharito... what a striker. Awful game, but keeps on gunning. His confidence never leaves him

  •  

    James Tyler: FT: Norwich 0, Chelsea 1

  •  

    [Comment from Fergie time]
    Another great ball by Carrick

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Michael Carrick having a Pirlo-esque game today. Perfectly weighting every chip. Compare to Anderson, who weighs a lot because of chips.

  •  

    James Tyler: After 40 gilt-edged chances in the second half, he finally dings one in, sliding it low past Krul following Carrick's chip.

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    James Tyler: Whoever said that, well done. You win the bingo

  •  

    Roger Bennett: There it is... Narrative restored

  •  

    James Tyler: CHICHARITO

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR MAN UNITED

  •  

    James Tyler: Four minutes of added time. Fergie will be angry about that, surely.

  •  

    James Tyler: Yes, Rog, United will do it. I'm just not saying which one.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: And by United, I mean Manchester or Newcastle...

  •  

    James Tyler: Should be setting the example, not proving to be the exception to the rule.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Will United do it JT? Yes or No?

  •  

    James Tyler: He should know better, Mat. Can't have it every which way. Other managers should respect ref yet he has free reign to yell, argue and critique.

  •  

    [Comment from Mat]
    I would say SAF should be ashamed of his actions but in reality why should he? If he gets away with it (like always) why should he stop?

  •  

    James Tyler: Blimey. Man Utd can't turn it in despite several attempts. Giggs for RvP at the back post this time but the Dutchman's header is off-target.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: RvP uncalibrated today -- like he is purposefully trying to take out fans behind the goal one by one

  •  

    James Tyler: Oh, Henri. A good joke for last season. Suarez in Top 5 Prem scorers this year.

  •  

    [Comment from Henri]
    Hernandez is having a Suarez like performance. 100 chances... no goal

  •  

    James Tyler: Expect the FA to lightly slap Ferguson on the wrist, Danny.

  •  

    [Comment from Danny]
    Jt/Rog Any action against SAF as a result of his actions?

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Chicharito! Heads it at Krul from 6 yards out after Giggs does well to get a chipped cross in.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: But Blood and Thunder does not describe this game today. Forget the quality of the football. Just savor the drama.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance would be a fine thing, Tim.

  •  

    [Comment from Tim]
    If Newcastle scores SAF will get lock jaw

  •  

    James Tyler: Attacky-taka at Old Trafford. Both sides shooting at will.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: JT -- i agree. Only Fergie would not have received a red card for his performance today. Liberties taken

  •  

    James Tyler: Awful. Allowed all the time in the world to berate the officials. Not allowed, we're led to believe. Still, chewed his gum wad with real force.

  •  

    [Comment from Kenny]
    Thoughts on Alex Ferguson's performance today

  •  

    James Tyler: Ameobi hits the post! It bounces out to De Gea, who catches it, incredulous.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Nervous Kitten

  •  

    [Comment from Pog]
    Southampton equalize. I've been quiet, as we've been reading "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish." Better than most of what's going on in this match.

  •  

    James Tyler: Think he's been generally quite good. The Evans OG is a mark against him, we reckon, but he did have a superb vantage point to see Cisse's influence on the play.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Maverick -- brave, decisive, not entirely correct, but stellar nerves under immense pressure.

  •  

    James Tyler: B-

  •  

    [Comment from maverick]
    Thoughts on the referee performance today?

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Fulham 1, Southampton 1 - Rickie Lambert, 85" (pen)

  •  

    James Tyler: Williamson and Evra tussle in the left corner.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Of course. Game will be played until United score.

  •  

    James Tyler: Rog, will we see a game-winner?

  •  

    James Tyler: Obertan with a sharp shot from the edge of the box. De Gea smothers.

  •  

    James Tyler: 83rd minute at Old Trafford. A real Michael Bay of a game, this.

  •  

    James Tyler: #MissYouSpecial1TV

  •  

    [Comment from Dave from Newcastle]
    Two Ameobis

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Everton 2, Wigan 1 - Kone, 82"

  •  

    James Tyler: It was an unmarked header from 10 yards out, The Prof. Krul beaten. An entire goal to aim at.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: In his program notes ahead of game, SAF praised the way RVP has changed United's play -- not just with his goals, but by making everyone around him better. That has seemed the case today. Chicharito uncharacteristically wasteful.

  •  

    [Comment from The Professor]
    Did McMannaman just call a diving header a sitter????

  •  

    [Comment from Bill]
    Pardew is going for it.

  •  

    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    I think the most shocking thing this season is how long RVP has gone without an injury.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Rocky vs. Apollo Creed at Old Trafford.

  •  

    James Tyler: Shola Ameobi's on for Newcastle.

  •  

    James Tyler: Lovely cross by Valencia, wide-open header for Little Pea but he turns it onto the upright. Skids out for a goal kick.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chicharito hits the post!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Game so open now... there will be goals

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- QPR 1, WBA 2 - Djibril Cisse, 68"

  •  

    James Tyler: Reminiscent of the Alex Song-RvP goals for Arsenal last season. Perfectly weighted chip, first-time volley. Just wide.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Man United! Van Persie played in wonderfully by Carrick, first-times a shot narrowly wide.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: I love Sir Ian calling out Sir Alex

  •  

    James Tyler: Two on one for Man Utd, Chicharito doesn't pass for RvP and shoots at the defender. Clatters off chest and limbs. Massive call for a penalty but Dean doesn't budge.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: In the 80s, Boxing Day games were guaranteed to give up this many goals... majority of players were hungover.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Poor decision by Chicharito there...

  •  

    James Tyler: Mike Dean makes himself popular.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Great call. What a heroic call.

  •  

    James Tyler: Sorry to those hoping we'd liveblog Reading v. Swansea, the only scoreless tilt thus far.

  •  

    James Tyler: Six goals at Old Trafford. Seven in the other six Prem games in progress.

  •  

    James Tyler: Are these predictions or fever dreams?

  •  

    [Comment from Tim]
    Davide Santon with a 91st minute overhead bicycle kick (hey... the defenders have the hot hands tonight)

  •  

    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Inevitable - Ronaldo scores at least 5 goals against MU in the next UCL round

  •  

    James Tyler: Good move for Man Utd but the left-flank cross is safely into Tim Krul's gut.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Everton 2, Wigan 0 - Jagielka, 77"

  •  

    James Tyler: Draws are for Arsene Wenger, Ben.

  •  

    [Comment from Ben]
    Have to hand it to Newcastle, they certainly arent playing for the draw

  •  

    James Tyler: If that last effort's any indicator, I reckon you're wrong.

  •  

    [Comment from UF Stretford End]
    Chicharito with the winner in 89th on a total poach.

  •  

    James Tyler: Indeed, Rog. Death of a gum-chewing managerial legend.

  •  

    James Tyler: Bill's laid down his marker. We're 15 minutes from finding out whether he's right or not.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: JT. Two pieces of conflict trapped in one Arthur Miller of a game.

  •  

    [Comment from Bill]
    RVP for the winner 90+ minute.

  •  

    James Tyler: Which inevitable sense is more inevitable?

  •  

    James Tyler: I sense two conflicting senses: De Gea's vulnerability and Newcastle's laissez-faire defending.

  •  

    [Comment from Ben]
    There is a sense of inevitability here....

  •  

    James Tyler: Lovely move from left to right across the edge of the box. Hernandez in behind the defense, slips around Krul but can't shoot.

  •  

    James Tyler: Should have been four for Man United!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Wow. That was.... remarkable. Chicharito...

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    RT @JamesTylerESPN: Six goals at Old Trafford so far. Six goals in the other six games currently live in the Prem right now.

  •  

    James Tyler: Forcefully cleared.

  •  

    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Breaking News: Drowned Rats issue press release dissociating selves from David De Gea

  •  

    James Tyler: Corner for Newcastle.

  •  

    [Comment from Archer]
    De Gea has looked "nervous as a kitten" today. Well said Ian, well said.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Six goals at Old Trafford so far. Six goals in the other six games currently live in the Prem right now.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: JT. Football is awful but the theater is world class.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Manchester United's philosophy appears to be that the best defense is a good Van Persie.

  •  

    James Tyler: Rog, this is why a winter break will never happen. We might lose these Boxing Day games. Bundesliga lads are in the sauna right now.

  •  

    [Comment from MLK]
    This is why I'm an atheist.

  •  

    James Tyler: Valencia's cross finds RvP at the top of the box. First shot is saved well by Krul, ball pings back to the Dutchman who rifles it low into the corner past Simpson.

  •  

    James Tyler: More shoddy defending.

  •  

    James Tyler: Crisis turns catharsis.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: RvP. Who needs defense?

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  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL FOR MAN UNITED

  •  

    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    By the way, Cisse's goal against Chelsea last season is the best goal I've ever seen real-time. #teamCisse

  •  

    [Comment from Ben]
    THey have left just enough time to conceed two goals and lose in extra time to a chicharito whistlebeater

  •  

    James Tyler: Tom Cleverley's on, folks. Don't look away. 21 minutes of Fergusonian gum-chewing excitement ahead.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: I love players who do short sleeves and gloves. Their skin has microtempratures. Forearms: Warm. Fingers: Cold.

  •  

    [Comment from MLK]
    Oh My God, it has happened, obviously the world ends today.

  •  

    James Tyler: Obertan slips down the left flank unchallenged, slips it back for Cisse, Evans and Evra simply watch as the Magpies striker thumps it past a helpless De Gea.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Near post...

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    No offside controversy on that one.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Where has this spine been for Newcastle this season?

  •  

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  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL, NEWCASTLE

  •  

    James Tyler: Let's not ignore that a break would only really help bigger clubs. Game's rigged to benefit the top teams. No break helps big teams bc they have bigger and deeper squads. Break helps them buy more stars.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Cisse...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Demands on players now -- football has become virtually a year round game. They deserve two weeks off to organize their affairs, wrongdoings, night club fracas etc.

  •  

    James Tyler: Fixture clog of League Cup, European competition, FA Cup and Prem is too much otherwise. Players can rest in summer time. They earn enough. They can play as much as they do.

  •  

    James Tyler: No break, Jawa. I like that the EPL has cornered the market in festive drama. At least compared to the family tension around the dinner table.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Jawatoss... in favor. First two weeks in Jan.

  •  

    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Are you in favor or against a winter break for the Prem? Gives the players a break to recharge.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Jelly. They were much worse last year. They will stay up. Outrun weaker teams and do just enough.

  •  

    James Tyler: It's certain Villa will not drop. Forget the Chelsea game. Plenty of promising results prior to that, including the one at Anfield. (Cries into beer)

  •  

    [Comment from Jelly]
    James, as a Villa supporter these past two years are tough to take. Do you think there's any way they avoid relegation this year?

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for United: cross not cleared, it falls for Smalling who tries to RvP it into the top corner only to be blocked by Santon. Corner, Man Utd.

  •  

    James Tyler: Pardew sensing blood in the water, perhaps. Quiet day for the young Bigirimana but did his job in midfield.

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR NEWCASTLE: Bigirimana off, Gabriel Obertan on.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Obertan returns. Let his hair grow out for the occasion.

  •  

    James Tyler: Demba Ba all day. Which means we'll surely bid on Cisse.

  •  

    James Tyler: A yellow card for Papiss Cisse, sliding across Patrice Evra as the pair raced for a loose ball down the left flank.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: JT. Choice between Demba Ba and Cisse for Liverpool... who would you take?

  •  

    [Comment from Sir Alex Ferguson]
    Danny Simpson should have been sent off. Evans could have been killed out there.

  •  

    James Tyler: Johnson was not good at Man City. This is not disputed.

  •  

    [Comment from Anthony]
    I don't think Johnson was a flop. The just signed better players thanhim

  •  

    James Tyler: Weird atmosphere at Old Trafford. Crowd still a bit incensed about the Evans own goal despite there being half an hour left for the home side to score a third.

  •  

    James Tyler: Van Persie fouls in midfield.

  •  

    James Tyler: Don't be silly Tim. Those two would never score on the same day. (Awaits pedants to tell me it happened already)

  •  

    [Comment from Tim]
    Evans and Evra scoring for United in the same day is tantamount to Gervinho and Chamakh scoring in the same day for Arsenal

  •  

    James Tyler: Indeed. It was ex-City flop Adam Johnson. #Scenes

  •  

    [Comment from Paul K.]
    WAIT WAIT WAIT. Sunderland are leading on a goal that WASN'T scored by Steven Fletcher?

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- QPR 0, WBA 2 -- Assuming no-one's taping that one for later.

  •  

    James Tyler: Though hilarious, does say a lot about Man United. When all else appears lost, up step two defenders for crucial goals. Then again, Man City was bailed out by Gaz Barry last week vs. Reading.

  •  

    [Comment from Kyle]
    Evans and Evra, the strikers of the future!!!!

  •  

    James Tyler: Ok, this is comment of the day so far:

  •  

    [Comment from Gen Petraeus]
    The belief at OT is amazing, they keep them in so many games. Late combacks are a United pasttime. Chelsea fans need to support the team instead of yelling about a coach

  •  

    James Tyler: Mike Dean issues a yellow

  •  

    James Tyler: Uh oh. Danny Simpon with an awfully late slide on Jonny Evans in the left corner. Crowd braying for a red card.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: That tackle can only be described as "Scholes-like"

  •  

    James Tyler: Van Persie tries to skip into the box, can't beat three Magpies.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Patrice Evra has four league goals this season, after two goals in his first 206 league games for Man United.

  •  

    James Tyler: Valencia with a good cross that Williamson hoofs clear. Man Utd awoken, it seems.

  •  

    [Comment from Pog]
    Happy holidays, Boot Room! I slept late and had dreamt that Fulham won 2-0 and Bryan Ruiz was sent off with a straight red. Also, I was somehow checking the score on the internet with some sort of chalkboard. Weird dream.

  •  

    [Comment from Larry]
    Lee Mason refuses a penalty to Wigan, helps Everton again!

  •  

    James Tyler: Ball cleared half-heartedly by James Perch following good Man Utd pressure. Evra rifles a low left-footer through a crowd in the box, beats Krul comfortably.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Poor, poor defending by Newcastle there...

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  •  

    James Tyler: PATRICE EVRA

  •  

    James Tyler: David De Gea rejoices for being let off the hook

  •  

    Roger Bennett: OK. Normal service has been resumed.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL FOR MAN UNITED

  •  

    James Tyler: United really pressuring United. It's all United at the moment.

  •  

    James Tyler: Have to wonder if Chelsea can indeed snare Falcao, as has been reported for ages now. Would certainly give them the firepower needed to bridge the gap to the top 2.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Worst Premier League campaign ever, from a quality football perspective. But drama wise, it cant be beat

  •  

    [Comment from Bill]
    JT, do you see any of the clubs having a "second season" after the transfer window closes and charge up the table?

  •  

    James Tyler: So there's that.

  •  

    James Tyler: 57 minutes gone at Old Trafford. Both United and City losing.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Scholes playing like Dexy's Midnight Runners on their Reunion Tour

  •  

    James Tyler: No-one's coming to mind.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Tyler -- can you think of a braver Englishman since the Falkland Islands?

  •  

    James Tyler: Another offside shout against United. That linesman again! Mistimed his run behind Williamson/Coloccini.

  •  

    James Tyler: Everton 1, Wigan 0 - Osman 52"
    Sunderland 1, Man City 0 - Adam Johnson, 51"

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL ALERT... look away now...

  •  

    James Tyler: Cries for a penalty as Hernandez is nudged over by Coloccini after Giggs plays Little Pea into the box. No shout. No way it was a PK anyway.

  •  

    James Tyler: Yellow card for Antonio Valencia as he slides in late.

  •  

    James Tyler: Cross for Ba is caught by De Gea. United goalkeeper in "does something correctly" shock

  •  

    [Comment from Mark]
    Rafa and Club World Cup dont match the only time he won it he ended up getting canned like 2 weeks later

  •  

    Roger Bennett: That is his problem right there JT

  •  

    James Tyler: (And yes, I know he can't actually win a World Cup with Chelsea)

  •  

    James Tyler: Rafa could win the World Cup with Chelsea and still get fired for drawing at Wigan. Nature of the beast.

  •  

    [Comment from Red Devil]
    Is it better to win your League Championship, the UEFA championship or the club championship?

  •  

    James Tyler: Suspension. On Santa's naughty list.

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    JT - where is Tiote?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Talk about pressure. How much stress must these match officials now be playing under?

  •  

    James Tyler: Why, Henri? I respect him for taking time to find the right job. He's the anti-Sven Goran Eriksson.

  •  

    [Comment from Henri]
    I'm losing a lot of respect for Pep during this "retirement" of his. No other coach's job is safe (with the exception of SAF).

  •  

    James Tyler: Offside flag raised against United. What courage of that linesman to dare lift the little fabric bit after what happened in the first half.

  •  

    James Tyler: Probably a Spanish team.

  •  

    [Comment from Tim]
    Who will win the Europa League final next year, Arsenal or Liverpool?

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    James Tyler: Chance for United! Good run by Giggs down the left after Carrick springs him free. RvP couldn't get more than a knee on the cross, it skids wide of the mark.

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    James Tyler: They did it ages ago, Casey. Clearly safety was a concern.

  •  

    [Comment from Casey]
    Was it really necessary for the Arsenal-West Ham match to be postponed? Or was this just a nice ploy for the pair to get a game in hand>?

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    James Tyler: Anderson offers bite, except it's mostly to the post-game buffet.

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    Roger Bennett: Crowd half heartedly going through the only one Keano chant... how they wish they had someone with half his bite in midfield today

  •  

    James Tyler: There's no guarantees on anything. One day at a time there.

  •  

    James Tyler: Mat: trying to guess what Roman Abramovich will do is like trying to guess the weather on March 1.

  •  

    [Comment from Mat]
    Question Chelsea's current "Drama". If they win the league does Benitez stay if Pep won't go to the Bridge?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Sir Alex been chewing the bile flavored gum during half time

  •  

    James Tyler: He'll be off to the Russian Prem soon enough, Henri.

  •  

    [Comment from Henri]
    Whatever happened to Nani?

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    Roger Bennett: NC State baseball cap spotted behind Sir Alex there.

  •  

    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    A lot of sports have terrible atmospheres, but it also depends on the team. Green Bay Packers of the NFL have a great atmosphere at Lambeau Field

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    James Tyler: We're off for the second half at OT.

  •  

    [Comment from Geoff]
    Rog, NBA games are awful to go to, except for Thunder games, it's just boring. Go to a college bball game at Chapel Hill or Syracuse if you want an exciting atmosphere.

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    [Comment from Larry]
    Naismith into centre for Everton, replacing Gibson

  •  

    [Comment from Bryan, NYC]
    Rog, Brooklyn is pathetic, The Garden is a much better and louder exprience

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Sir Alex will argue with anyone and everyone. And he'll be allowed to, seemingly.

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    Roger Bennett: Sir Alex to referee. Amazing. Refs love him for the record. he makes a point of developing human relations with all of them. That was immense.

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    James Tyler: Very wonderful.

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    JT - how was Mata's goal for Chelsea?

  •  

    James Tyler: No subs for United yet. Though Sir Alex is having a right chat with Mike Dean on the pitch.

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    Roger Bennett: Changing subject a little... I went to watch Brooklyn Nets yesterday. I forgot just how silent NBA crowds are compared to football crowds. Despite the amazing branding job, it was like a morgue in there when the game was on. The only noise occurred during interludes or via speaker system

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @Sean_Deere I'd disallow it, because I think Ba influenced play by distracting Evans. Referee may have had better view & thought otherwise.

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    James Tyler: About Sturridge, I'll say that as bad as it looks, there's obviously a reason why he's being coveted. Yes, he's been generally poor for Chelsea, but he's still so young. Anything could happen.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    When the stars of Spain's mid-table teams are available for seemingly cut-rate fees, why are teams even looking domestically? Too much talent coming out of the Iberian peninsula these days to justify a big fee for someone from the UK.

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    Roger Bennett: Ian... the first half of this season has been owned by the kind of players United so desperately need... Fellaini, Dembele...

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    James Tyler: Ian: expect the Wesley Sneijder saga to be the Cesc Fabregas of January 2013. Spurs tipped to sign him but United could still swoop. All very boring and annoying.

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    Roger Bennett: Thanks Bilbo. Your movie... not so good.

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    [Comment from Ian]
    I can't see United not making a move for a midfielder in January, but what impact players could even be on their radar that could make a difference?

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    [Comment from BilboBaggins]
    Rog, I feel like tactically raw is what BR wants, as it can be molded to fit his style, which is by nature unselfish. If he can get sturridge to buy into that then he could become a whole new player at LFC; he is sound on the ball and can make the right runs, just isn't utilized as such at Chelsea

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Liverpool is going to go through a Juventus-esque period where they can only attract Felipe Melo's and Amauri's and Diego's and then suddenly will SOMEHOW attract an Arturo Vidal and a coach who is worth a #### and win the league

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    Roger Bennett: I just find it odd in a continent dripping with raw technical talent they are plumbing for Sturridge. As if they are recruiting by reading Shoot magazine

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    James Tyler: It's desperation, Rog. And obviously so.

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    Roger Bennett: The twinkle in Sir Ian's eye is what HD was made for

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    Roger Bennett: JT. Sturridge makes you wonder about Liverpool's ability to scout though... they need a hard working team player who is willing to contribute flexibly. They are chasing a selfish, tactically raw talent who has been discarded by two elite clubs

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    James Tyler: More likely that the midfield could use some pace. Positively glacial at the moment.

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    James Tyler: NOW... how does United fix this? Vidic?

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    James Tyler: Thanks, Rob. We're all having fun, obviously. And I'm not a United fan.

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    [Comment from Rob]
    James. You are really doing a good job at trying to under the skin of all non-United fans.

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    [Comment from Mark D]
    I'm more of the opinion that Untied is defending poorly and newcastle are defending well. Not much going for either's attack really.

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    James Tyler: I am anxious about the Sturridge rumors. On one hand, I see the same issues that doomed him at Chelsea being an issue at Liverpool. On the other, Rodgers needs more players. Desperately. And Sturridge would be reasonably cheap (compared to Downing/Henderson) and the consistent playing time might help him turn poor form around.

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    Roger Bennett: Plenty of movement from Chicharito who is a player soaked in good intention but just 18 touches from him and little menace

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    [Comment from BilboBaggins]
    JT, will the rumored additions of sturridge and ince give you renewed faith in LFC or do you not see them fitting in too well with BR, and specifically sturridge and suarez not playing well together?

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    Roger Bennett: United doing what they have all season... played soft in the center and hoped they could outscore their opponent. On this occassion, the Newcastle counter attack has seemed whip smart and Chicharito and RvP are yet to click a duo.

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    James Tyler: United gets jobbed all the time. All the bad calls, all the poor luck. Just plain wrong.

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    James Tyler: There is that too. But we're all biased and United was unjustly affected.

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    [Comment from Doug]
    You guys are missing a valuable point. The FIFA decisions book states a player in an offside position making an effort to get to the ball is adjudged to be offside. Doesn't have to interfere, or touch it. Once the player commits to chasing the ball, he's offside.

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    James Tyler: They've played well enough. Haven't been brilliant but have dealt with United's sporadic menace decently.

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    Roger Bennett: A slice of half time magic send to @MenInBlazers by @gplefka

    "I just bought Coach Barneys 1992 copy of Fever Pitch on Amazon. Sounds like a cool guy. pic.twitter.com/QWGnv7Cw"

    Coach Barney what happened to you?

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    [Comment from Chris]
    Well then, good for you. Anyways, whether you agree or not with the decision, it is about time to talk about how well Newcastle have played at Old Trafford, no?

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    James Tyler: Controversial? Sure. Contentious? Obviously. Could have been given the other way? Absolutely. But it wasn't.

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    James Tyler: Look: Cisse was offside. He influenced Evans' defending and blocked De Gea's view. Most importantly, it was a goal because referee Mike Dean said so.

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    [Comment from Paul K.]
    So being in the way is somehow not related to whether or not De Gea could have made the save? How does that make any sense?

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    James Tyler: Yes. The entire globe.

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    [Comment from Jay]
    Isn't everyone a Man U fan?

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    James Tyler: Yes, I would. Unless you're calling me biased.

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    [Comment from Chris]
    James, would you be arguing this if it was United who were the benefactor of the own goal? I don't think so.

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    [Comment from David]
    James the only reason it's a controversy is because the ref didn't side with United. The officiating has actually been pretty good.

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    [Comment from Gene Walker]
    United getting killed in the midfield

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    James Tyler: is that a question for us or Darke/McManaman, depressed red?

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    RT @InfostradaLive: Evans is the 3rd United player to score at both ends in PL history after Wayne Rooney v Stoke (2012) and David Beckh ...

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    [Comment from depressed red]
    how much does Coloccini's hair weigh when wet?

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    Roger Bennett: Very very interesting. Two possible outcomes. The United return motivated by a SAF bollocking leads to a 5-2 win. Or the not deserved but very United 3-2 last second win, hailed as a title clincher -- to play badly and still get three points...

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    James Tyler: It doesn't matter! If you're in the way, you're in the way! That's the adjudication. Not whether or not the goalie could have dived one way or the other.

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    [Comment from Paul K.]
    The cross was too fast and too hard, De Gea does not have the reaction time to make that save, even if he saw it cleanly. How many times have we seen a keeper follow the path of the ball perfectly, only to be undone by a wonky deflection?

  •  

    James Tyler: Fulham 1, Southampton 0
    Everton 0, Wigan 0
    Norwich 0, Chelsea 1
    Reading 0, Swansea 0
    Sunderland 0, Man City 0

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    The case for disallowing Evans' OG would be that Ba did interfere by "deceiving or distracting an opponent".

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    James Tyler: LOOK AWAY IF YOU DON'T WISH TO KNOW.

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    James Tyler: HTs around the Prem...

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    James Tyler: Just another controversy-free game at Old Trafford, really.

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    James Tyler: HT: Man United 1, Newcastle United 2

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    By IFAB letter of the law, there's a case that Evans' OG should stand: bit.ly/WGEz44

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    James Tyler: No -- I'll be watching in the dark, huddled in the fetal position.

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    [Comment from BilboBaggins]
    Will you guys be covering the LFC game later on?

  •  

    James Tyler: Paul? Will you oblige?

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    [Comment from Autry]
    Can we get the predictable stats concerning United losing at Old Trafford?

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    James Tyler: Doesn't matter. If he's in the way while being offside, he's in the way. Look at ice hockey. Can't be in the crease and blocking goalie.

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    [Comment from Paul K.]
    OH please James, De Gea was not making that save, regardless of Cisse's position.

  •  

    James Tyler: Into first half stoppage time, of which we'll get two minutes.

  •  

    [Comment from Rugger]
    Sunderland given a penalty just outside City's box and Kompany gets a Yellow Card

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    James Tyler: Pirlo's surrounding by snarling, speedy midfielders at Juve. Not comparing Carrick to the Italian great, but the point's the same. Can't all be sat back pulling strings.

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    James Tyler: That's the issue. They don't complement, they duplicate.

  •  

    [Comment from Archer]
    Scholes and Carrick pretty much offer the same thing in United's midfield.

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    James Tyler: Wow. RvP with a dire free kick. Curls it wide and it never swings back in.

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    James Tyler: He made contact but also blocked De Gea's sightlines on the shot.

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    [Comment from David]
    James, how was Cisse interfering with Evans again? Did he touch him? Did he pressure him? The shot pressured Evans, Cisse was just in a bad position.

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    James Tyler: Free kick about 30 yards out and dead central for United.

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    James Tyler: Yellow card for Mike Williamson after the center back hacks down a promising United counter-attack.

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    James Tyler: Yes but he needs an Anderson type next to him, someone whose workrate and industry mask Carrick's deep-lying, slow-mo tendencies.

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    Roger Bennett: Hernandez is yet to pass to Robin Van Persie. Symbol.

  •  

    [Comment from Soccerates]
    Does anyone think Carrick should be a regular starter for United?

  •  

    [Comment from Jay]
    Attention Man Utd players: T-minus five minutes until the hairdryer treatment begins.

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    James Tyler: 42nd minute at Old Trafford. Fergie's gum getting a good working-over at the moment.

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    James Tyler: Cisse, who was interfering with Jonny Evans, was a mile offside. Linesman called it but referee overruled.

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    [Comment from Green]
    just tuned in. what was so controversial about the own goal?

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    James Tyler: QPR 0, WBA 1 -- Brunt, 29"

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    James Tyler: Norwich 0, Chelsea 1 -- Mata, 38"

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    James Tyler: GOAL ALERTS... look away now...

  •  

    James Tyler: If a striker never gets the ball, does he exist?

  •  

    [Comment from Robin Van Persie]
    Where am I in this game? I have gone completely missing.

  •  

    James Tyler: A veritable dearth of action elsewhere so far today.

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    James Tyler: Marveaux whips in another cross. Coloccini collects but loses it while trying to make room to shoot, hacking down his marker in the process. Free kick, United.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @Mr_Anderson613 I say the goal should not count because Ba influenced what Evans did, interfering with play & Evans & gaining an advantage.

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    James Tyler: David De Gea had a lovely view of the set piece, artfully bent over the wall and onto the crossbar.

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    James Tyler: Sylvain Marveaux hits the bar!

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    James Tyler: Burning questions we'll get to shortly.

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    [Comment from Marty]
    Did the Mayans predict the utter lack of goal scoring today?

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    [Comment from David]
    Could Evans possibly get a Gordie Howe hat trick? And would the fight be with Mike Dean or De Gea?

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    James Tyler: Chicharito fouls Simpson not far from the United goal. Dangerous free kick spot.

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    Roger Bennett: Are Newcastle playing well or United plain poorly?

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    James Tyler: Sublime ball over the top for Patrice Evra by Scholes. The left-back promptly wastes the gift by heading it tamely at Krul.

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    James Tyler: Free kick for Newcastle. Right flank. Marveaux delivers neatly enough but it's cleared.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    From FIFA Law 11 - Offside: A player is penalised if he is interfering with play or an opponent or gaining an advantage.

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    James Tyler: Handball called against Jonny Evans. He's having a fine game. Goal, own goal, booked. Needs a red card to complete the set.

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    James Tyler: Hard to tell how Evans would have handled the shot if the flag was raised much earlier.

  •  

    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Pity Sir Alex. Still reeling from shock of attempted murder at Swansea. Now forced to confront daylight robbery against Newcastle

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    [Comment from Paul K.]
    But even if Cisse is onside there, wouldn't Evans had at least made an attempt to clear? I don't see why Cisse being offside causes Evans to put that in his own net, he could have easily put it back there with Cisse being onside.

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    James Tyler: Why? It's a drunken bar chat fave topic.

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    [Comment from Henri]
    This goal proves one thing... we should simplify the offside rule.

  •  

    James Tyler: Pablo Zabaleta is/was bleeding heavily in the City game. Is wearing a full Terry Butcher head bandage AND a new shirt (with the number 68).

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    [Comment from Brandon]
    That was actually a great piece of refereeing. By both men. Involved in active play is the rule

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Mike Dean now has a seat my table alongside Fellani.

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    James Tyler: Mike Dean saw a gap between the players, thought the offside bit was moot. His choice to make.

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    James Tyler: No, it's very important.

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    Sorry but come on. Even if he was touching Evans, he never played the ball. Inactive/active has very little for this situation unless Cisse forced Evans over or touches the ball, neither of those happened.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chuckle

  •  

    [Comment from Stretch]
    Man United can't catch a break

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Forget goalline technology; we obviously need flag technology too. And whistle tech. Linesman tech. 12 officials.

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    Roger Bennett: Jonny Evans achieves the "Avi Cohen" -- a goal and an own goal.

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    James Tyler: Simpson -- having the game of his life? -- jags infield, beats Evra and gets into the box but whacks it into the stands from a narrow angle.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Can't wait till Fergie gets to the press.

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    Roger Bennett: Love seeing United done in by a ref decision though. Happens about as often as a lunar eclipse.

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    James Tyler: Agree, Rog. Wrong call. Cisse doesn't need to touch the ball in an offside position there. He's clearly influencing the play. Interfering. Meddling.

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    James Tyler: Cisse didn't touch the ball but Evans had the striker all over him.

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    Roger Bennett: Awful decision... he had to be influencing play -- Would Evans have tried to clear if he was not aware Cisse was sliding in behind him?

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    [Comment from Paul K.]
    Simple own goal, don't see how that could be flagged for offside, Cisse didn't touch the ball.

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    [Comment from tom]
    things are happening

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    [Comment from C. Greed]
    Mike Dean, you are a genious.

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    [Comment from maverick]
    What is this referee doing? OMG

  •  

    James Tyler: Linesman waves the goal off, then ref overrules.

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    James Tyler: So let's recap: long shot from Danny Simpson dinks in off Evans with Cisse (offside) nearby.

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    James Tyler: Goal's been given now. It seems. Ref overruled linesman.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- NEWCASTLE

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  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    #FLAGGATE

  •  

    James Tyler: Hang on...

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    Roger Bennett: REVENGE. OLD TRAFFORD UNITED GET THE SHAFT I HAVE NEVER SEEN THAT BEFORE

  •  

    James Tyler: Goal called off because Cisse was interfering with Evans prior to the ball pinging in.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: OH NO!!!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Jonny Evans cant stop scoring etc. jokes averted

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    James Tyler: Bizarre. Own goal off Jonny Evans but the flag's up for offside.

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    Roger Bennett: Good call

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    James Tyler: HANG ON -- Offside flag is up

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Jonny Evans is prolific

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    Roger Bennett: Flag humor

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE

  •  

    [Comment from Josh]
    Rainy games like this aren't always the best to watch with the propensity for mistakes but I sure do remember loving playing in conditions like this. Made for some sloppy good fun in my youth.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    After scoring 1 goal in his first 80 league games for Man United, Jonny Evans has 3 in his last 10 league games.

  •  

    James Tyler: Quite dull so far, C. Greed.

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    JT - do you have an eye on the Chelsea v Norwich game? It seems to be pretty lackluster stuff, any comments?

  •  

    James Tyler: If Ba had crossed, that would have been 2-1 Newcastle, one assumes.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    The Ba/Cisse relationship more damaged than Piers Morgan/America.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Newcastle! Game's barely restarted and Demba Ba's fizzed a low shot right across goal. Lovely run to get behind Evans. Ba shoots instead of crossing for Cisse.

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    [Comment from Fergies hairdryer]
    Johnny Evans is the new Dmitar Berbatov!

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    James Tyler: RvP's set piece skids into the crowd. Giggs flicks it on, Hernandez has a shot saved by Krul but Evans is there to bundle in the loose ball ahead of Danny Simpson.

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    James Tyler: A sloppy mess of a goal befitting the conditions at Old Trafford.

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    James Tyler: JONNY EVANS

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    James Tyler: GOAL, MAN UNITED

  •  

    Roger Bennett: OK. Narrative back on

  •  

    James Tyler: RvP biffs the set piece into the mix...

  •  

    James Tyler: Santon "fouls" Valencia on the right wing.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Every time De Gea touches the ball I hear the kind of high pitched squeal typically only audible to dogs

  •  

    James Tyler: Because it is. Tube strike.

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur]
    Why is that Arsenal game marked as 'postponed'?

  •  

    James Tyler: It's a squad rotation and unfortunately, it doesn't always rotate cleanly. Factor in an "injury" to Ashley Young and this is what we're left with.

  •  

    [Comment from Gene Walker]
    the only pace in Uniteds mid is Valencia, I love Giggsy and Scholesey but this lineup is a disaster. When you add in Carrick, who gives the ball away more than anyone in the league, United have big problems

  •  

    [Comment from Bill]
    It is "Boxing Day" Rog.

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for Newcastle: Rio Ferdinand gives it away cheaply to Demba Ba in midfield, allowing him to rampage full-tilt at Jonny Evans. The striker cuts it back onto his right foot and then tries to slide it through for Papiss Cisse arriving late, but Evra clips Cisse (or breathes on him) and sends him tumbling. Ref, fans, all of us rather confused by that.

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    Roger Bennett: What did Evra do to Cisse there? Kung Fu fighting

  •  

    James Tyler: Williamson with a fine clearing header from a Giggs left flank cross. United with plenty of the ball in the Magpies' half but Alan Pardew's side well compressed around the edge of the box.

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    Roger Bennett: Giggs and Scholes playing like the Ghost of Christmas past etc.

  •  

    James Tyler: Might have something to do with the octagenarian midfield duo, Giggs/Scholes, combined with Michael Carrick's slow-mo stylings. I could be wrong.

  •  

    James Tyler: 20 minutes in and United yet to really give Tim Krul anything meaningful to do.

  •  

    James Tyler: Or Nate Robinson?

  •  

    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    I am always in awe at Chicharito's jumping ability. He hangs like Spud Webb in a dunk contest.

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    Roger Bennett: Larry. Creativity has always come down the left. Fella just adds as touch of menace and brutality. we will be in fine. i promise.

  •  

    James Tyler: Would be as insane as when Wigan did something similar down the stretch last season to stay in the Premier League, FLGooner.

  •  

    [Comment from FLGooner]
    Where will it rank if Norwich beat Arsenal, Utd, and Chels all 1-0 at home in the same season on the improbable scale?

  •  

    James Tyler: Rog is hoping not, Larry.

  •  

    [Comment from Larry]
    Goodison update: no creativity up the middle without Fellaini - a sign of things to come?

  •  

    James Tyler: Not sure, Jeremy. There wasn't much singing during the Aston Villa game, that's for sure.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy S]
    So did Chelsea honor DiMateo again or have they stopped singing after the 8-0 win?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Newcastle's forward line playing like men possessed... eyes looking for a jan move perhaps

  •  

    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Triple fried egg, with chili and chutney on toast (a Liverpool special)

  •  

    [Comment from Bill]
    PB + J with the crusts cut off.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Newcastle! Ba's shot blocked by Ferdinand. Follow-up lob is caught nervily by De Gea on the line. He takes a step back. Fans elicit mild panic.

  •  

    James Tyler: Sir Ian Darke doesn't believe them to be prawn-based edibles.

  •  

    James Tyler: What kind of sandwiches is Wayne Rooney eating in the luxury box?

  •  

    James Tyler: Rog, the job does it to them. It's the official uniform.

  •  

    James Tyler: Don't think it's on the cards, mind you.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Is it me, or are all referees starting to look the same? bald, middle aged white guys with a doomed look in their eye?

  •  

    James Tyler: Strootman would be ace. Lovely player, really rocking PSV's midfield nicely. The future of the Oranje engine room.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    united need someone in the middle of the park i think strootman would be good

  •  

    James Tyler: Ferdinand does well to clear Danny Simpson's zippy cross. United try to break upfield but Carrick botches his pass.

  •  

    James Tyler: Whoa. Lovely acrobatics by Valencia to keep Scholes' slashed ball over the top in play. Krul comes out to catch it before a United player can find it.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Krul in the rain looks very Rom-Com

  •  

    James Tyler: But Rog, that slogan. It's awful! I need reprieve!

  •  

    [Comment from Sir Alex Ferguson]
    Tim, there's a reason you're not the manager of Manchester United [insert loud, not understandable hair dresser speech]

  •  

    Roger Bennett: In fairness JT, Keep Calm means something different in Bulgarian. It means "My teammates are useless and I despise them"

  •  

    James Tyler: 12 minutes gone at OT. Crowd not enjoying the slop so far.

  •  

    James Tyler: So did Chelsea fans, Skyler. (Disappears back into underground bunker)

  •  

    Roger Bennett: All the players overcompensating with passes -- so many overhit in this first 15 minutes

  •  

    [Comment from Skyler]
    JT, how was the holiday, had fun reading your collaboration piece with Hirshey

  •  

    James Tyler: Seriously, the "Keep Calm" merch needs to be stopped.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Keep Calm? Oh dear. RT @johncrossmirror: Berbatov scores. Takes off shirt to reveal T-shirt: 'Keep Calm and Pass Me the Ball.' Booked.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Ball is zipping off this surface. Going to be interesting to see how United cope without Rooney in the final third I expect them to devour the game possession wise, but can they make it count?

  •  

    James Tyler: It's one game of 38, it's the 11th minute, United's leading the Prem by four points.

  •  

    James Tyler: Welcome to Overreaction City, population: Tim

  •  

    [Comment from Tim]
    Please retire Fergie. Your lineups are atrocious. Never should Scholes and Giggs be in the same lineup. It isnt 2003 anymore. Pulling Rooney and Cleverley for the same game is just genius. Any attacking creativity is 100% gone

  •  

    [Comment from Rugger]
    City given a penalty just outside the box in that match... Silva and Tevez standing over it

  •  

    James Tyler: Just block that bit of your computer screen.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Fulham 1, Southampton 0 -- Berbatov, 9"

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    James Tyler: GOAL ALERT.... LOOK AWAY IF YOU DON'T WISH TO KNOW

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for United as Chicharito is sprung down the right wonderfully. Lofts the cross over Giggs and RvP in the middle.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: OK. Narrative dictates United pound in goals now right?

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Rog, ironically the conditions are identical to Old Trafford here in Durham, NC... Even the dogs in the neighborhood don't want to play ball in this weather.

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    James Tyler: TOM: I think so too. Maybe he didn't see Perch bearing down and felt he could punch safely. Odd choice.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Manchester United has won 7 of 10 league games after conceding first this season. #silverlining

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    James Tyler: I know, Rog. Shame I lost a friend over it. Alas.

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    [Comment from Tom]
    Was that shot too hot to handle for De Gea? Seems like he could have easily controlled it.

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    Roger Bennett: That is a great quip JT. Lena. God Love.

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    [Comment from Tyson]
    Fergie with bizarre lineup going to cost my boys

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Rog. I've shown myself. A friend suggested Lena Dunham. I have since erased him from my life.

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    James Tyler: You would think, Paul K.

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    Roger Bennett: JAMES TYLER HAS A NEW TWITTER PHOTO? Who is it JT? Looks like Julio Cesar

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    [Comment from Paul K.]
    And now comes the onslaught of MUFC goals...

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    317 -- the number of times Man United have conceded first in 2012-13.

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    Roger Bennett: Manchester is the rainiest City in England. Fact.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    James Perch scores for the first time since Jan. 26, 2010 with Nottingham Forest.

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    James Tyler: Cisse tracking back well from right midfield but an awful challenge. No card.

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    James Tyler: Fifth minute and the Magpies up. Patrice Evra's down "injured" in the left corner having been crunched by Papiss Cisse.

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    James Tyler: I'll blame De Gea.

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    Roger Bennett: Enjoy this Newcastle fans... United are about to pound in four goals

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    [Comment from United Fan from Texas]
    You can blame Carrick for that one.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Good tactic in the rain: shoot early and often. Anything can happen.

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    Roger Bennett: Should have tried one of his patented kick saves

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    James Tyler: De Gea palms a long-range shot off his greasy gloves. Perch following up and gleefully slots the rebound in an empty net.

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    Roger Bennett: De Gea elementary mistake...

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    James Tyler: How about that...

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    James Tyler: JAMES PERCH

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- NEWCASTLE

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    Roger Bennett: I am an Octopus

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    [Comment from BadgerMarks]
    I like Hernandez to find the back of the net today. who do you think will get the first goal of the game? Man U or Newcastle and who scores?

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    [Comment from alon]
    rog can you link us to the case study?

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    James Tyler: You had me until that last bit, C. Greed.

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    [Comment from C. Greed]
    I'm sure I'm late but - HAPPY BOXING DAY and a MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! Now C'MON CHELSEA!

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    James Tyler: If you have questions for Sir Ian and Dr. Macca, send them in via Twitter: use the tag #FCBootroom. Best ones get answered during the broadcast.

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    Roger Bennett: If you read the Harvard Business School case study about Ferguson, fascinating quote about when he wants his team to peak formwise. if United are within 3 points of the league leaders by New Years Day, he believes they will win the EPL

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    James Tyler: I'll give him 35 minutes.

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    [Comment from Manuyank]
    how quickly will Scholesy get booked?

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    James Tyler: Thinking 3-1 United today. Sadly.

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    James Tyler: Unspecified injury to Jonas, hence Sylvain Marveaux starting at LW for Newcastle.

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    James Tyler: Early free kick for Newcastle that's launched into the box. Falls for Ba with room to shoot but he can't.

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    James Tyler: We're off at OT and around the UK. QPR-WBA kicking off at 10.15am ET due to the Baggies' bus arriving late.

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    James Tyler: At least the Magpies only have to contend with Giggs/Scholes/Carrick. A sludgy slow trio.

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    Roger Bennett: Michael Davies' doppelganger

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    [Comment from Larry]
    Good news for Everton, Lee Mason in charge

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    Roger Bennett: Predictions? Newcastle to score first. United to score four. Chicharito with at least two

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    James Tyler: Ba pushed wide in a bid to get Cisse back to his 2011-12 form?

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    James Tyler: Rough, that. Tiote suspended, young midfield with Perch, a converted right-back, holding the middle.

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    James Tyler: NEWCASTLE XI: Krul - Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon -- Bigirimana, Perch, Anita -- Ba, Cisse, Marveaux.

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    Roger Bennett: He's injured. But it would not be Christmas unless he had a SAF spat.

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    [Comment from Manuyank]
    Is Wazza on the outs at United? Has RVP pushed him out?

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    James Tyler: A rather flat 4-4-2 for United.

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    Roger Bennett: Sister is meant to be the best athlete, both brothers say

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    James Tyler: The nicer of the two Neville brothers by far.

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    [Comment from Larry]
    Phil Neville's 500th appearance

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    James Tyler: Think it's also Cisse/Ba not quite synced up. Everyone pointed to them being international teammates as being an asset for their partnership. Yet they don't fit well together up front.

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    Roger Bennett: Nothing says Boxing Day more than Warren Barton in a three piece suit

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    Roger Bennett: Europa League is an albatross

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    James Tyler: Awful spell for Newcastle: three of top five in the next 10 days.

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    James Tyler: Something's off-kilter with this year's squad. Maybe it's just Cabaye's absence but whatever it is, Pardew's not sussed it out.

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    James Tyler: Rog, thinking the Magpies will not reprieve its 3-0 holiday period win over United last season.

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    James Tyler: Reportedly injured in training yesterday, Myo.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Does anyone believe in Newcastle here...? United eager to bounce back after that 1-1 tie with Swansea... Newcastle feeble form...?

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    [Comment from myo]
    'Young' not even on bench for united, any news on that one?

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    James Tyler: Now looks like an irate Michelin Man.

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    James Tyler: He got more padding added.

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    [Comment from cfc]
    I wonder if Wenger got a new jacket for Xmas to replace that terrible poofy one he wears..

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Liverpool Stoke... massive shock if not 0-0.

  •  

    James Tyler: BILL: Liverpool 1, Stoke 1, Red Cards 2

  •  

    [Comment from depressed red]
    friedel was santa before santa

  •  

    [Comment from Bill]
    Fancy a punt on the outcome of the Liverpool v Stoke match?

  •  

    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Rog, no christmas kits, but I did add light an extra candle and poor an extra Duvel for Fellani... any man who headbuts Ryan Showcross has a seat saved for him at my table.

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    James Tyler: 10 mins or so to kickoff. So I have an unusual question to ask: how many of you are waiting for certain scores until later today? If so, I'll give a warning prior to a score update.

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    Roger Bennett: Congratulations to OLD MAN FRIEDEL. Brad signs new 1-year contract with Spurs. Will be 143 when deal ends.

  •  

    James Tyler: Many teams to get lumps of coal for $15m in January.

  •  

    [Comment from Doug]
    One week to the opening of the transfer window!!

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @Marcotti Fair point. And I am indeed working. #FCBootroom

  •  

    James Tyler: (vomits) I mean good for you, Matt. Any name/number?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Throwback jersey right?

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    [Comment from Matt R]
    I got a CFC Champions of Europe kit, very nice

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    James Tyler: "Injured in training," Myo. Synonym for "awful vs. Swansea and benched in shame."

  •  

    [Comment from myo]
    Any news on Rooney?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Today's just as festive! RT @Marcotti: 48 hour holiday over, back to work! Hope you and your loved ones had a lovely festive period.

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    Roger Bennett: Great insight on Newcastle's slump in form in this Jonas Gutierrez interview
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/dec/25/newcastle-jonas-gutierrez-pardew-maradona

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    James Tyler: Chin up, depressed red. It's the holidays!

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    [Comment from depressed red]
    happy boxing day, gents

  •  

    [Comment from Patrick]
    Received a West Ham kit from the 09-10 season. Gorgeous

  •  

    James Tyler: I won't, Doug, lest I get booked for dissent.

  •  

    [Comment from Doug]
    New referee kits for me. Commence your booing... NOW!

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    James Tyler: I'm just happy that I get my Xmas gift: a morning with Sir Ian Darke.

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    [Comment from Henrique]
    Santa brought me 2001/02 Zidane kit, as well as a very old Juanito one :)

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Did Santa bring anyone football kits? Would love to know what teams, players, numbers?

  •  

    James Tyler: London Underground strike. Authorities felt it too daunting to encourage people to trip alternately.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Tube strike forced postponement

  •  

    [Comment from Craig]
    Why isn't Arsenal playing today?

  •  

    James Tyler: Of course, "illness" meaning too much brandy on the Xmas pudding.

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    Roger Bennett: Larry, by upset, am assuming you mean Everton winning, not drawing?

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    Roger Bennett: Plenty of illnesses in lines ups today. makes van Persie a profile in courage. How many other players could survive Swansea’s attempt to assassinate him without missing a match?

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    James Tyler: Don't say that around Rog, Larry.

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    [Comment from Larry]
    I'll start with Everton/Wigan,can smell an upset here

  •  

    [Comment from John]
    The Black Cats were the only team that City didn’t beat last season when it won the Premier League title.

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    [Comment from FLGooner]
    Newcastle to pull the shock today!

  •  

    James Tyler: Hello there, Rog. Boxing Day! What fond memories of getting game tickets for Christmas and ditching the family on December 26th for a spot in the freezing cold terraces.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Happy holidays JT and Boot Roomers. Ready for some Boxing Day magic

  •  

    James Tyler: Again, some injuries/illnesses reported overnight. Also a squad rotation, one assumes.

  •  

    [Comment from Boski]
    Man U's line up is a strange one. Fergie giving a lot of players an extended break?

  •  

    James Tyler: He broke his nose vs. Udinese and needed mild surgery. But even with that recuperation (he was on the bench v. Fulham), it is surprising to see him labor. Clearly the move was for playing time but he hasn't found any.

  •  

    [Comment from Henrique]
    JT... will Sahin ever play for Liverpool? He is having no playtime at all in the league, terrible for his development

  •  

    James Tyler: EVERTON v. Wigan: Howard, Hitzlsperger, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Pienaar, Gison, Neville, Jelavic, Anichebe.

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    James Tyler: I'd plump for Reading v. Swansea, simply to see Michu v. Federici

  •  

    [Comment from Henrique]
    For the neutral, what other game should I watch besides the Man United one? QPR and West Brom?

  •  

    James Tyler: WIGAN v. Everton: Al-Habsi, Kone, McCarthy, Caldwell, Jones, Maloney, McArthur, Boyce, Beausejour, Stam, Figueroa

  •  

    James Tyler: SUNDERLAND v. Man City: Mignolet, Rose, Larsson, Gardner, Kilgallon, Colback, Johnson, McClean, Cuellar, Fletcher, Sessegnon

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    James Tyler: WEST BROM v. QPR: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Mulumbu, Morrison, Fortune, Gera, Odemwingie, Lukaku

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    James Tyler: READING v. Swansea: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Kebe, Leigertwood, Karacan, McAnuff, Guthrie, Pogrebnyak

  •  

    James Tyler: SWANSEA v. Reading: Vorm, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Ki, Moore, Routledge, Michu

  •  

    James Tyler: More XIs while we slowly get settled in...

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    James Tyler: Confirmed via The Guardian that Rooney and Young were hurt in training yesterday while Danny Welbeck is ill.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt R]
    This makes having to work the day after Christmas bearable thank you

  •  

    James Tyler: Now now. I bet it will perk up considerably if United, Chelsea or City loses. And put it this way: no game means the Gunners can't lose!

  •  

    [Comment from FLGooner]
    No Arsenal match. Today sucks. :-(

  •  

    James Tyler: Fun note: QPR vs. West Brom will be kicking off 15 minutes later due to the tardy arrival of the Baggies' team bus at Loftus Road.

  •  

    [Comment from Winston]
    I've ad strep throat since Christmas Eve. I think the only cure is Boxing Day so...Bring it on!

  •  

    James Tyler: Cheers Henrique! Same to you and yours. I know I spent most of yesterday waiting for footy to come back. Sad, but true.

  •  

    [Comment from Henrique]
    Lovely to be spending boxing day with you JT... To all the regulars in the boot room, happy holidays and FELIZ ANO NOVO!!!

  •  

    James Tyler: CHELSEA vs. Norwich: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Luiz, Mikel, Oscar, Moses, Mata, Torres.

  •  

    James Tyler: MAN CITY team vs. Sunderland: Hart, Nastasic, Kompany, Kolo Toure, Zabaleta, Garcia, Milner, Yaya Toure, Silva, Aguero, Tevez.

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    James Tyler: Yes -- Scholes AND Giggs.

  •  

    James Tyler: MAN UTD: De Gea, Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Hernandez, Van Persie.

  •  

    James Tyler: Lineups... starting at Old Trafford...

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    James Tyler: Let me get you some lineups. Hearing now via Twitter (take of it what you will) that Rooney is hurt. Or slightly injured. Same for Ashley Young. Apparently.

  •  

    James Tyler: Now, to Newcastle: the Magpies face three of the current Top 5 over the next 10 days. A pivotal time for a struggling squad, as I noted yesterday.
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/espnfcunited/id/2467?cc=5901

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    James Tyler: Though Rooney's had a good season so far, he was awful vs. Swansea. Maybe just time for a rest.

  •  

    James Tyler: Could be. Or it could be that ubiquitous "rotation."

  •  

    [Comment from Doug]
    Obviously SAF feels 28 straight games without a loss versus Newcastle at OT means Rooney is not needed.

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur]
    YAY! Football! That's the most important thing this week. Gosh, I couldn't wait for yesterday to end so I could get to today's fixtures.

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    James Tyler: We will be focusing on MAN UNITED v. NEWCASTLE UNITED, yet none of the other 10am games shall escape our gaze: Everton v. Wigan, Fulham v. Southampton, Norwich v. Chelsea, Reading v. Swansea and Sunderland v. Man City.

  •  

    James Tyler: Postponed due to London Underground strike, so there you go.

  •  

    James Tyler: Arsenal v. West Ham isn't happening.

  •  

    James Tyler: Rog Bennett will be joining me for this.

  •  

    James Tyler: Let's lay things out for a moment:

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    James Tyler: I know, right? Chaos.

  •  

    [Comment from Patrick]
    WHY IS ROONEY NOT IN THE SQUAD?? AHHHHH

  •  

    [Comment from Doug]
    Best day in football! Plus it gets me through the boredom of having to work when none of my customers are.

  •  

    James Tyler: And today's incarnation should be no different.

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    James Tyler: Best day of the year? It's certainly in the Top 5.

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    James Tyler: Boxing Day!

 
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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Manchester United

  • 15(7)

  • 10

  • 13

  • 61%

    39%

  • Newcastle United

  • 15(7)

  • 20

  • 18

Match Stats

  • Manchester United
  • Newcastle United
15(7) Shots (on goal) 15(7)
13 Fouls 18
2 Corner kicks 2
3 Offsides 0
61% Time of Possession 39%
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 3