Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew delights in Old Trafford draw against Manchester United

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney battles for the ball with Newcastle United's Steven Taylor.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney battles for the ball with Newcastle United's Steven Taylor.

MAYBE Sir Alex Ferguson would have preferred it if Newcastle United had gone to Old Trafford, laid down and handed his team three points.

That, however, is not in Alan Pardew’s side’s nature.

Admittedly, Manchester United were on the wrong end of an inexplicable penalty decision, but just how many dubious decisions have gone their way at Old Trafford over the past couple of decades? More than a few, it is fair to say.

Newcastle might have been fortunate that referee Peter Jones’s assistant made a bad judgement when Rio Ferdinand cleanly tackled Hatem Ben Arfa in the box.

But you make your own luck, in football as in life and Pardew’s team have been doing that all season.

This team has been built on togetherness and teamwork and both were in evidence during Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

Man United were relentless in their pursuit of a winning goal as the final whistle neared, but Newcastle, not for the first time in the past few seasons, were unrelenting in their determination to hold out.

Wave after wave of attacks were repelled in a pulsating end-to-end enthralling game.

Read Miles Starforth’s full match report, plus more comments on Newcastle’s draw, in today’s Sportmail.