Fergie: Newcastle deserved their point

Ferguson said: “We missed a stack of chances but we have to admire Newcastle’s character, they deserved their point.

“We should have won the match but we did not play as well as we have been because they did not allow us to play. I have nothing but praise for them.

“It is a real challenge now for the championship but we are a serious contender and points will be dropped by both teams.”