Newcastle are the fifth-biggest net spenders in Europe this season and second in the Premier League.
Only Real Madrid, AC Milan, Manchester City and Paris St Germain have spent more net than Steve McClaren’s side, and at Old Trafford they showed the wisdom of that outlay.
During the game against Man Utd at Old Trafford, striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had arguably the best chance of the game, striking the bar with a powerful header after beating Darmian to the ball, the £13m Serbia forward already looking a sound investment.
Fellow new signings Georginio Wijnaldum and Florian Thauvin, the latter coming on as a substitute, made decent contributions, while goalkeeper Tim Krul provided proof of his enduring value with key saves in either half, first from Mata and then from sub Chicharito, with 10 minutes left.
Against that backdrop, a point was the least they deserved here, with the performance something tangible to build on for McClaren and his players after a draw and a defeat in their opening two games.