Steve McClaren: Newcastle-Man Utd thriller 'a heart attack for the coaches'

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren praised his side's spirit after they salvaged a 3-3 draw at home to Manchester United in a thrilling game he described as "a heart attack for the coaches."

In a seesaw battle, Newcastle were 2-0 and 3-2 down before salvaging a point through defender Paul Dummett's 90th-minute strike.

And McClaren said that showed the character that exists in his team, who could have gone 4-2 behind when Marouane Fellaini missed a chance to wrap up the points before Dummett blasted home via a deflection.

"The crowd responded magnificently, and we wanted to show everyone what we are about," he told BT Sport.

"People said that United were boring and that we lack character, but we kept fighting until the end and we got a goal that feels like a winner.

"People thought it would be a 0-0 but it was a classic at 3-3. It must have been a great game for the neutral -- but it was a heart attack for the coaches."

McClaren said in his news conference that he "couldn't believe" the penalty awarded against Chancel Mbemba, but hailed his side for overcoming a staunch United defence.

"Manchester United are a quality team and they keep the ball and they control it once they're in front," McClaren said. "You don't realise what a monumental effort that is, to come back from 2-0 and 3-2, and to perform as we did."

New signings Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet were paraded on the pitch before the game got under way, and former England boss McClaren said: "They are both Newcastle-type players -- right age, right character.

"And with players coming in to add to our quality, that shows what we are about."

It proved to be a good day for McClaren, who revealed his delight at the acquisition of Shelvey in particular.

"When I came in in the summer and we were looking at quality players and young players and English players, we tried to get Jonjo Shelvey then," he said. "It wasn't to be, but I am delighted to get him now.

"He's 23, he's English, he's in the England team and I think he's got more to come, and certainly will add quality and character to this team."

Information from Press Association was used in this report.