Newcastle have Fabricio Coloccini to thank for Old Trafford point as Argentine leads back-line brilliantly

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The Newcastle United centre-back was brilliant against Manchester United this weekend.

When Newcastle United first kicked off their match against Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend it looked like the hosts would run amok such was their attacking intent and the Magpies' failure to influence proceedings. But a swift change of seat from the visitors’ manager Steve McClaren and things began to change on the pitch, too.

Soon Newcastle looked far more solid and while United continued to attack, McClaren’s men kept them at bay far more easily, if with no less effort.

By the end of the match Newcastle’s defenders had more than earned their money with one player in particular standing out.

Fabricio Coloccini’s St James’ Park future looked in doubt for a while this summer after the player failed to appear during pre-season, but the Argentine proved emphatically this weekend that he is vital to the cause.

  Passing AccuracyWon TackleEffective ClearanceEffective Head ClearanceDuel WonAerial WonInterception WonDispossessedMins Played
Fabricio Coloccini 83% 2 6 4 5 2 1 0 90

On Saturday, the Newcastle centre-back led his teammates brilliantly, ending the match with 10 effective clearances, five duels and two successful aerial contests to his name.

He also had a passing accuracy of 83 per cent as he never panicked, calmly helping his side to an important point.

So fair play to the Argentine and to all his Newcastle teammates, who looked under the cosh at the start but ultimately frustrated their opponents and fought hard until the very last kick.

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