Football: Frustrating 0-0 draw puts end to Man United's 100 per cent win record

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney reacts after he has a penalty appeal turned down.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney reacts after he has a penalty appeal turned down.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United's winning start to the English Premier League (EPL) season ended on Saturday as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Newcastle United at a sun-soaked Old Trafford.

The hosts, who gave Bastian Schweinsteiger a full debut, dominated the early stages and Wayne Rooney saw a goal ruled out for a tight offside, but Newcastle went close when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed against the bar.

Louis van Gaal's side laid siege to the Newcastle goal in the second half, with Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul saving from substitute Javier Hernandez and Chris Smalling heading against the post.

Newcastle debutant Florian Thauvin was also inches away from toeing in a late winner at the other end.

United had won their opening two league games 1-0, against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, before beating Club Brugge 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League play-off in mid-week.

But they were let down by both their final ball and their finishing against Steve McClaren's Newcastle, while Rooney has now gone 10 games without a goal for United in all competitions.