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Chicharito, Manchester United Slowed by Draw with Newcastle United

  • NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 19:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on April 19, 2011 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 19: Javier Hernandez of Manchester United reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on April 19, 2011 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)  (2011 Getty Images)

  • NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 19:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on April 19, 2011 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 19: Javier Hernandez of Manchester United reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on April 19, 2011 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)  (2011 Getty Images)

It may be hard to believe – but Chicharito doesn't score every time he plays.

The Manchester United superstar was held scoreless in a heated match with Newcastle United on Tuesday night. The battle, in which the young Mexican standout was involved in a controversial series, ended in a 0-0 draw.

The tie was a setback for Manchester United, which has a seven-point lead over second-place Arsenal heading into the Gunners' game at fifth-place Tottenham on Wednesday night. The team, which has five games left, is seeking a record 19th English league title.

Javier Hernández, meanwhile, was given a yellow card for diving after being challenged by defender Danny Simpson.

"I didn't feel like I touched him," Simpson said. "I feel like he went down too soft."

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United manager Alex Ferguson criticized referee Lee Probert.

"It was a clear penalty. It's an insult because he's booked him," Ferguson said. "I thought the referee had a good game tonight, but he's let himself down by booking the player. If it's not a penalty, fine. But to book him is an insult. There is definitely contact, no doubt about that."

Ferguson claimed not to see Newcastle's earlier penalty claim, in which Peter Lovenkrands felt he was tripped by United midfielder Anderson.

"The more obvious penalty was Peter Lovenkrands — it's an absolute cert," Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said. "It was a story of two penalties: one that definitely was for us, and one that wasn't for them."

In the first half at Newcastle, goalkeeper Tim Krul denied Hernández and Wayne Rooney, who returned after a two-match suspension given for swearing into a TV camera during a goal celebration against West Ham.

Newcastle (10-13-10) is ninth with 40 points, usually enough to be safe from relegation.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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