It’s all square at the break. Luke Shaw deflected an EMil Krafth cross into his own net to give Newcastle the lead after two minutes, but it’s been one-way traffic in the other direction ever since. Bruno Fernandes had a goal chalked off for offside shortly before Harry Maguire equalised for United with an excellent near post header from a corner. The scores may be level, but Manchester United are in the box-seat at St James’ Park.
45+1 min: We’ve had two goals, one of them a freak and a third disallowed, but otherwise this match has been extremely low on entertainment. I suspect any Sky Sports customers who have paid £14.95 on top of their usual monthly subscription to watch this will be feeling fairly short-changed as we approach half-time.
43 min: Darlow gets down to save a venomous low drive from Marcus Rashford. He can only parry the ball back into play, but it’s hacked clear by one of his defenders before Rashford or anyone else in a Manchester United shirt can get to it.
38 min: Dan James is booked for a fairly wild challenge on Alain Saint-Maximin. Moments previously at a corner, Isaac Hayden was forced to hack a Marcus Rashford shot through a thicket of bodies off the line. Rashford injured his foot on the follow-through, smashing his instep into somebody’s outstretched studs and needs treatment before he can continue.
36 min: Aaron Wan-Bissaka threatens to curl one in at the far post with what looked suspiciously like a cross from the right. Whether he meant it or not, Karl Darlow is forced into a decent save to keep the ball out.
29 min: Scott McTominay concedes a free-kick just inside the Newcastle half for a tug on Saint-Maximin’s shirt. Jamal Lewis floats the ball into the United penalty area and Newcastle go close to re-taking the lead when Saint-Maximin forces a smart save out of David De Gea with a shot from distance. The goalkeeper clatters his right shoulder off the post in making it and needs medical assistance.