Once more Manchester United failed to impress on the grand stage but, unlike at Wembley on Saturday, the dressing-room walls of St James' Park were safe. The hole left in the wall in one of the national stadium's dressing... more »
The match never quite veered away from deadlock and even its sole controversy lacked substance. In stoppage time Javier Hernández moved across the Newcastle United right-back Danny Simpson but it was hard to tell if there was significant contact to leave the Mexican on the turf. The referee, Lee Probert, was confident of his own penalty area interpretation and booked the Manchester United attacker.
Despite that this was not an evening for controversy or, for that matter, surprise. It was a typical outcome for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, who have now drawn nine of their 17 away matches in the