Typical, the one time you want Manchester United to win they let you down against Sunderland.

What made it worse was that the the Mancs managed to lose the game in a fashion very similar to what we have come to expect from Newcastle.

Anybody who didn’t see it last night, a really poor game with Man Utd struggling to look any better than Sunderland.

newcastle and sunderland fansThe mackems score in the last couple of minutes thanks to an absolute shocker by David De Gea only for the home side to go straight up the other end and put it down to penalties, surely now Manchester United would show their superiority…

Instead we had potentially the worst penalty shootout in living history with both sides struggling to get the ball on target, never mind score.

Of course Sunderland eventually did it (got a penalty on target and won) and then I started reflecting…

Thankfully Manchester City await in the final and will bury them but does this episode not show up how hollow supporting Newcastle United is at the moment.

Despite having a really poor team, Sunderland have got to a cup final via some luck, but mainly because everybody at their club was desperate to make it there.

Sadly, as the Newcastle United directors made clear, the cups are not a priority for those running our club.

Isn’t following your football team about dreams of glory and realistically in the short and medium-term the cups are the only things we stand any chance of winning.

I hope that Sunderland’s success wakes up a lot more Newcastle fans to the fact that what is happening at our club is not acceptable.

The tenth best supported club in Europe (last season) and 25th highest turnover (despite the revenues NUFC are missing out on under Ashley), yet there is a stated club policy of not trying to win cups and Alan Pardew’s team selections are proof of that.

All of the following clubs have got to a domestic cup final while Mike Ashley has been in charge at Newcastle, indeed many of them have won the FA Cup or League Cup

Villa, Birmingham, Cardiff (x2), Swansea, Bradford, Wigan, Stoke, Portsmouth (x2), Everton

In the same period, Newcastle United have failed to get past the fourth round of either cup and lost to Peterborough, Blackburn, Brighton (x2), Cardiff, Stevenage, West Brom and Hull.