The United XI was again devoid of a single summer signing, with the treatment of Van de Beek in danger of spiralling into a sub-plot reminiscent of Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s omissions of yesteryear before his game-changing cameo. Alex Telles inevitably started on the bench following his flight back from Sao Paulo but will have been encouraged by Shaw’s shoddy start.

Those usually stood on the Gallowgate would have quickened their step on the walk to St James’ Park and ‘#Oleout’ was trending online pre-match. Those in the press box, situated six floors up in the Milburn Stand and perched like vultures, did not get their kill.

The irony of a defender extinguishing Newcastle’s advantage was United were indebted to their forwards for their revival. Marcus Rashford, the lone frontman for the first time since Newcastle away last year, provided a commendable presence despite his entitled demands of referee Craig Pawson and Mata and Bruno Fernandes dovetailed elegantly.

Rashford’s shrieks alerted the Video Assistant Referee in the second-half and Pawson eventually determined Jamal Lewis had trod on the forward’s ankle inside the area. Fernandes is more synonymous with penalties than goals from open play yet his 11th spot-kick for United was repelled by Karl Darlow just shy of the hour.

He recovered with just his second non-dead ball goal for United to deflate Newcastle and then their dam burst.