Newcastle were 2-0 down in this game in the first half after 38 minutes and given how we had failed to score in the last four games things didn’t look too good.
But Newcastle came storming back with goals from Wijnaldum just before half time and then Mitrovic scored a penalty after 68 minutes after being brought down in the penalty box by Smalling and the Serbian coolly slotted the ball home.
Mike Dean gave Newcastle a penalty after he had given the Red Devils a very soft penalty after only 9 minutes when Mbemba was adjudged to have handled the ball – but he wasn’t even looking at the ball.
Paul Dummett equalizes in 90th minute
But then at 2-2 Wayne Rooney scored a screamer after 79 minutes and it looked like Newcastle would go down to their 5th defeat in a row.
But the lads kept attacking in a wide open game and they were roared on by the crowd – who had come alive after we had got back to 2-2.
And then with time running out it was Paul Dummett on 90 minutes with an absolute left foot rocket that screamed into the back of the net got Newcastle a thoroughly well deserved point and it ended all square at 3-3.
But another dodgy penalty decision by Mike Dean against Newcastle for their first goal very early in this game was another poor decision by a Premier league referee and another soft one for one of the glamour clubs.
Mbemba was adjudged to have handled the ball yet he was looking away – so how could that have been intentional?
But it could well have been another game in which Newcastle played their hearts out and got nothing from it – but this time we got a point and it seemed like a win at the very end.
The Red Devils will rue some missed chances especially from Rooney in the first half and an absolute sitter that Jesse Lingard missed in the second half after 55 minutes that had Louis van Gaal holding his head in his hands.
A very good point for Newcastle and you cannot accuse the lads of not playing their hearts out tonight in what was some game between the old rivals of the Kevin Keegan era.
Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote (Toney, 85), Colback (Gouffran, 81), Wijnaldum; Mitrovic, Perez (de Jong, 90). Subs not used: Darlow, Sterry, Lascelles, Marveaux.
Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Lingard (Memphis, 64), Herrera (Mata, 75), Martial, Rooney. Subs not used: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Weir, Pereira.
Goals: Rooney 9 (pen), 79, Lingard 38, Wijnaldum 42, Mitrovic 67 (pen), Dummett 90
Bookings: Fellaini 25, Herrera 30, Tiote 35, Smalling 65
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)