NEWCASTLE United’s Shane Ferguson left Old Trafford with mixed emotions.
The 21-year-old admitted he was “gutted” at last night’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester United.
But Ferguson was also heartened to have made a contribution on the field after an injury-hit start to the campaign.
The versatile player set up Papiss Demba Cisse’s goal a minute after making it on to the pitch, with Newcastle trailing 2-0 to strikes from Anderson and Tom Cleverley, with a fine cross.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had talked about the Northern Ireland international as having the best left-footed delivery at the club.
And Ferguson was buoyed by Pardew’s comments – and his appearance at Old Trafford, the stadium he once toured as a wide-eyed eight year-old.
“I saw a bit of space, and I thought I had a chance,” Ferguson told the Gazette.
“I put it in, but I thought the centre-back would touch it, but Cisse was there at the right time, as he always is.
“If you’ve got players like that in front of you, it makes it a lot easier.
He’s a massive player, and he shows week in, week out how good he is.
“It put us in good stead for the rest of the game as we tried to get back into it.
“I was just glad to get on to the pitch and play at Old Trafford – it was a dream come true.
“I remember coming here as a kid when I was about eight years ago, getting a tour round the stadium and thinking how unbelievable it was.”
Reflecting on Pardew’s praise for him, Ferguson added: “I read that – it’s great to read stuff like that.
“It’s great that the manager’s got that faith in me. He just said to get at that full-back and try and get as many crosses in as I could, as he knows what I can do with my left foot.
“I was just glad to get on to the pitch and show people what I can do, but I was also disappointed with the result.
“The lads are gutted. It was just one of those nights – the ball didn’t fall for us in the right areas.
“We just have to put it behind us and look forward to the weekend.”