Jones booked seven players - four of them from Newcastle - and Dalglish, whose side are now 17 points adrift of the champions, said: "It's a difficult enough job for the referee without us being over-critical, but I think he was the worst person on the pitch. It's one thing to have bookings, it's another thing to have them justified.
"If there had been a decent referee, the game would have been even more entertaining."
The United manager, Alex Ferguson, refused to be drawn into a debate about the referee's performance but commented: "I was praising him all week, saying he was one of the up-and-coming ones, but I think I'll reassess that."
The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who is a Newcastle fan, was among the crowd. "I think Alex Ferguson has created one of the greatest sides of the century," he said. "They're a pretty awesome side, even when they are not at their best."Reuse content