Manchester United easily disposed of an under-strength Newcastle side 4-1 in this afternoon's FA Cup semi-final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Newcastle, without the suspended duo of Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer, and the injured Jermaine Jenas and Titus Bramble, never had a chance as Manchester United dominated from the first minute with Ruud van Nistelrooy back on form.

It was van Nistelrooy who opened the scoring in the 19th minute, latching on to a Christiano Ronaldo cross and Paul Scholes made it 2-0 just before half time with a glancing header.

Newcastle looked dead and buried when van Nistelrooy scored his second in the 58th minute to make it 3-0, but Shola Ameobi scored a minute later to start a brief Newcastle fight back.

Newcastle's season effectively finished in the 76th minute when Ronaldo grabbed Manchester United's fourth to set up a mouth-watering FA Cup final with Arsenal back in Cardiff in five weeks time.