ST James’s Park might have been bathed in sunshine as fans made their way to the game.
But Newcastle United’s fans still walked up to the stadium on a balmy evening more in hope than expectation.
After all, once bitten, twice shy, as Manchester United’s record on Tyneside is an enviable one.
Yet long after the sun had gone down, and there was a chill in the air, there was a glow among supporters.
This fixture is known for its goals, but the lack of them in last night’s goalless draw didn’t detract from a classic, at least from a black and white perspective.
Full match report in today’s Mail.