After yet another defeat and failing to even score a goal at the Hawthorns, Alan Shearer says that Steve McClaren has got it wrong.
The Geordie legend says that the United Head Coach has to face reality and stop claiming that Newcastle are playing well.
Alan Shearer says that the proof of that is that the team are third bottom and this is for a reason, they’re in trouble and bang in the middle of a relegation battle.
All a bit worrying that after the defeat to West Brom and another really poor display, Steve McClaren bizarrely claimed that Newcastle had actually dominated the game – even though all the stats (West Brom had 22 shots and 18 corners) and what we watched with our own eyes, told us just how out of sync McClaren is with the rest of us.
However, the player turned pundit does concede that McClaren and his team were unlucky with one particular incident, Shearer saying that United were denied a cast-iron penalty when our old mate Jonny Evans clearly pulled back Aleksandar Mitrovic.
As he also points out, it is indeed now over a year since Newcastle last were awarded a penalty, that coming in the 87th minute at Old Trafford when the Magpies were already trailing 3-0, Papiss Cisse the scorer.
Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day:
“It was a definite penalty, Jonny Evans on Mitrovic, he is holding him and he pulls him back. A clear penalty, I don’t think there is any doubt about that.
“They (Newcastle) haven’t had a penalty for over a year now, Boxing Day (at Old Trafford) I think.
“What Steve McClaren says about Newcastle…he can’t keep on saying that they are playing well – they’re not playing particularly well. They are third bottom for a reason.
“Things have to improve, they spent a lot of money and they are in trouble – a relegation fight.”