Alan Shearer was loving  it, Newcastle United two up after only ten minutes and looking far more likely to get the next goal, as Manchester United struggled throughout the opening 45 minutes.

Like the rest of the watching Newcastle fans, the NUFC legend will have still felt Rafa’s players needed a third goal.

Shearer believing that the match officials ended up costing Newcastle the match.

A great position for a free-kick just outside the 18 yard box on the left hand side.

Jonjo Shelvey whips in the ball and one of the two man wall (Ashley Young I think) jumps and sticks his arm out, the ball clearly striking his outstretched elbow and deflecting the ball into touch, as clear a penalty as you could hope to see.

A goal-kick given…

Inexplicably, referee Anthony Taylor wasn’t even watching play when the free-kick was taken, unforgivable really when it was in such a dangerous position.

A third goal would surely have drained any remaining hope for Man Utd and given Newcastle the extra shot of confidence to get their first win of the season.

Alan Shearer thought Newcastle were ‘brilliant’ in the first half but still can’t get over the final result.

The former number nine very clear on what was the ‘game changer’ at Old Trafford: ‘Anthony Taylor made a terrible decision which was game changing.’

It is ironic and oh so cruel that seven days earlier, DeAndre Yedlin has the ball blasted at him from a yard away and it is is arm, Leicester getting the crucial cheap first goal after an opening 30 minutes where Newcastle were well in the game.

Then this yesterday, the Man Utd player 10 yards away and clearly handling it, yet Newcastle get nothing.

A shame VAR wasn’t in play…

Alan Shearer talking on Match of The Day:

“A great game of football.

“Newcastle were brilliant in the first half.

“(But)I’m not over it (the final result) yet…

“The current perception of this (Manchester) United team…well Newcastle summed it up.

“They (Newcastle) played Chelsea and Manchester City and were quite content to have eleven men behind the ball, sit deep and to dig in.

“They lined up with two up front today and they went after Manchester United.

“They went straight after them from the first whistle and they were very impressive.

(Manchester) United were all over the place and they conceded two goals from throw-ins.

“It was a different Manchester United though in the second half.

“Anthony Taylor made a terrible decision which was game changing.

“It was a clear handball  and he (the referee) doesn’t even look at him.

“It is a clear handball and he doesn’t even look at it.

“He can’t even give the corner because he’s not looking at it.”

“It was a clear handball  and he (the referee) doesn’t even look at him.

“It is a clear handball and he doesn’t even look at it.

“He can’t even give the corner because he’s not looking at it.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Manchester United 3 Newcastle United 2

Goals:

Newcastle: Kenedy 7, Muto 10

Man Utd: Mata 70, Martial 76, Sanchez 90

Possession was Man Utd 73% Newcastle 27%

Total shots were  Man Utd 18 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Man Utd 10 Newcastle 8

Corners were  Man Utd 10 Newcastle 6

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Murphy 68), Perez (Joselu 88), Muto (Atsu 78)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Schar, Hayden

Crowd: 74,519 (NUFC Approx 3,000)



  • Paul Patterson

    IF it wasn’t a handball, then it was certainly a corner. We got neither. Officials bottled it.

    • Toontaff

      No one saw it!

      • Paul Patterson

        No one saw it? The ball deviated nearly 90 degrees. Was their Man U scarves in the way of their eyes?

        • Toontaff

          SPECSAVERS are doing a great line in red and white tinted lenses! That was the worst part – it had to be a corner, at least, if the linesman was looking!

  • Alex

    Without doubt, it should’ve been a penalty. But, for once, the ref is blameless.

    He’s looking at the area for pushing, shoving and wrestling. So much of that goes on these days – even England got the advantage of the ref seeing that during the World Cup.

    A ref just cannot look everywhere at the same time and, in this instance, the linesman was on the ‘wrong’ side.

    What it does show is that VAR is needed as soon as possible.

    • Leazes.

      Even if he’d seen it we wouldn’t have been given it….we are the away team at Old Trafford….and we are Newcastle United…..we don’t get penalties at one tenth of the rate of the rest.

      ….. and the ref lives six miles from Old Trafford.

      • Jezza

        All true but I wouldn’t read too much into the ref living 6 miles from Old Trafford. On that score he’s almost certain to be a Man City fan. Most Manchester FC fans are glory seekers from other areas of the country. The overwhelming majority of Mancunians are City fans.

        • Ken

          He refs Man City as well apparently he is an Altrincham fan, still raises suspicion though

          • Leazes.

            Yeah that’s what they do… say they support lesser clubs….. there’s nothing stopping Spartans fans being huge supporters of United!

          • Ken

            Yup I know, but Clattenburg was never allowed to ref us or the Mackems though, FA = double standards

          • porciestreet

            As per.!

        • Leazes.

          How on earth can the FA put a referee from Wythenshawe, Manchester in charge of a game at Old Trafford….

          …..in the same week charge Rafa with bringing the game into disrepute…..

          ….for sarcasm… bringing up a referees record of bias….

          they aren’t even looking at the enormous discrepancies in the treatment of different teams.

          • Paul Patterson

            And let off the original player for the comments he made before Rafa made his.

          • Wezza

            When you put it like that, it screams of conspiracy.

        • Toontaff

          Like Monkseaton, you mean!

        • Leazes.

          You are right….its five miles from Old Trafford.

    • Kenny

      MORON

      • Leazes.

        don’t call people names.

        • Wor Lass

          I`s an excess of Laagavulin – it does funny things to people!

    • Toontaff

      The linesman is on the other side, clear view of the area, so the ref should have at least witnessed the taking of the free-kick! Also, how did the linesman not even notice the ball had changed direction? To sum up – SPECSAVERS!

  • Leazes.

    Oh darn…the enemies of United are back.

  • Ken

    Clear handball definite penalty but for me Manchester won due to subs they had the squad to bring on two subs to score and change the game, we had three like Atsu, Murphy and Joselu who between them did nowt

    • Jezza

      Should have been a penalty but I’m not going to let it worry me. This is Newcastle United. We’d still have lost the match from 3-0 up.

      • Kenny

        Another troll

        • Jezza

          Troll? I have been a regular contributor to this forum for years. Not only that but I was heavily involved with the original paper version of The Mag right at the start back in 1988. Just ask the editor of The Mag Mark Jensen, he’ll vouch for me.

          • Wor Lass

            I assume he`s joking or got the wrong person, Jezza. You`re way too pessimistic to support anyone else.

          • panther

            ha, like it

          • Paul Patterson

            I know what you mean.
            Any seasoned Toon fan will know and fully understand the ‘Newcastle Effect’.
            2-0 up with 20 minutes to go- job done? Not so, it isn’t a secure score. Even a draw is unlikely.
            A team desperate for a win to save their manager/season? Next up, Newcastle? No problem.
            Young kid making his debut for the opposition? Certain scorer.
            It may be morbidly negative, but there are people with more experience of this ‘Effect’ than me, but it exists.

          • Jezza

            Ha ha. I remember us once being 3-0 up at half time at home to Charlton and losing losing 4-3. Brian Tinnion own goal in the last minute. As you say the Newcastle effect.

          • Ken

            Or 4 up at QPR and drawing 5-5 it’s in our DNA

          • WildBill

            I was at both them games, Charlton/QPR, the QPR game was 4-0 at half time , we were up 5-3 with six minutes left, still blew it, there was a game at Derby, early 80’s, just like yesterday, 2-0 half time, lost 3-2. It’s our history, we shrug it off. The way Fulham defend there may be 3 teams worse than us after all. 😀 Huddersfield & Cardiff being the other two.

          • Leicester Mag

            I was in the main stand when Charlton made it 3-1 guy next to me said ‘we’re cattle trucked ‘. The sun rises, we ballsitup, written into the laws of the cosmos

          • Kenny

            I was telling you HE was a troll not YOU
            😂😂

          • Mrkgw

            Good to see you return Jezza. A troll you most certainly aint matey.

          • Mrkgw

            And of that, I’m a bit behind in responding – one month ago 🤣

        • Ken

          I’m no troll either mate sorry to disappoint you

          • Pezza

            I think it was aimed at Jezza. Jezza may be a fantasist and a bit of a liar but not a troll.

          • Kenny

            Vermin troll

          • Pezza

            Now come on, Jezza does not deserve that.

          • Wor Lass

            It was aimed at you I imagine, Bobbi – he probably just misread Jezza.

          • Pezza

            No, Kenny may not be the smartest of chaps but I wasn’t in the convo.

          • Wor Lass

            Jezza/Pezza – easily misread, especially if you`ve had a massive intake of single malt th night before.

          • Pezza

            I dont see Kenny as a single malt type, more of a Carling black label or even Double Diamond type.

          • Wor Lass

            He`s definitely an oficionado of the old Uisge Beatha. And the other stuff as well, probably!

          • Pezza

            Maybe Kenny’s a lad who rather be Hemellin

        • ToonTom

          You need to retract this, mate. Totally inappropriate comment.

      • Ken

        Probably, but the difference in the benches and squads is down to one person and that’s Ashley. Imagine Benitez if he could bring on subs like that we would be flying. Thanks to Ashley we are doomed again

        • Jezza

          Yes, all true. To put it into perspective the Manchester player who came off the bench to score the winner cost more than our starting eleven put together. One of several Manchester players on the pitch yesterday who could make that claim. This Newcastle squad is simply not good enough to survive in the Premiership and as you say that is entirely Ashley’s fault.

          • Ken

            He earns mone in a week than half our lot cost

        • East Durham Mag

          £770 million team v £156 million team shown in glaring effect Ken.

  • Kenny

    Stonewall penalty, but they tend not to give them at Old Trafford.

    • Wor Lass

      They tend not to give them to us no matter what the venue!

  • Tino o

    How do they get away with it? Shocking refereeing even when var comes in they will still find an excuse why not to give us one

  • Wor Lass

    Apart from the pen, I noticed that Jonjo took a nasty crocking as he cleared the ball but the ref blew for time and ignored it. If it had been Jonjo dishing it out the ref would have blown for a fowl, sent him off then blown for time as the kick was taken.

    • Tino o

      The rules of refereeing change when we’re involved as if the other teams in this league need any more of an advantage!

    • Toontaff

      FOWL – I didn’t see any chicken!
      At least we can say Muto has to play instead of The Hoss!

    • Billmag

      Same with Pogba’s foul on Yedlin had that been Shelvey he more than likely would have got red.

  • Aussie Bill

    Newcastle had a real go, sure we got done, but if we are going to lose then losing having a go is the old Newcastle way and l am happy with that.

    • RAFmag

      Me too. For me, pretty much defines what being a Geordie is all about. Give it your all, no regrets if the result does not go your way.

    • ToonTom

      At this point, I’d agree. What’s the point of parking the bus for an entire season trying to get 17th place every year when we could just go down fighting? Butch and Sundance strategy. I’ll take that.

  • Realist

    Proud of the lads yesterday but gutted in the way it finished, also had Kennedy first goal and us to win 2-1 double at 200-1 with a 5a on it. 20 minutes is a long time at old Trafford though when there peppering ya goal. I can only see championship football now we are going to get cut adrift soon, Brighton is massive now.

    • nufcslf

      Another home liss written all over it. What have Brighton got to be frightened of, absolutely nothing.

  • RAFmag

    There was also the foul on Ritchie in the first half when Shelvey played a low free kick into him. The player behind him clips his shooting foot and he sliced it terribly as a result. An even more blatant foul which the referee was a few yards from and did not give. Shocking refereeing.
    Proud of the lads yesterday as they stood toe to toe and had a proper go. More of that please Rafa.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Didn’t Shearer turn into a malfunctioning robot?

  • Toontaff

    MoTD up to Cardiff sending off – seems the Cardiff player could have just clipped Dier, not properly foul him = red. Was that not the same with The Hoss getting assaulted by the Cardiff player, Harry Arter? It’s the complete bias and lack of consistency in refereeing decisions, punditry etc that really stinks!

    • porciestreet

      VAR will sort it. If the old fa**s will sanction it.

  • Billmag

    Had the decision been against the other lot it would have been analysed till the cows come home.

    • porciestreet

      We are the Toon. So it doesn’t matter.

  • Billmag

    Never quite believed Leazes theory about conspiracy amongst officialdom against us but after last night I’m beginning to sway his way.

    • Wor Lass

      Yeah – I`m not a big conspiracy theorist but the evidence is definitely mounting!

  • porciestreet

    What kind of referee is not even watching when he blows for a free kick to be taken…unforgivable, either that or he was s*!t scared to give the pen against manure on their own midden.

    • Colin Brumwell

      A one from Wythenshaw in Manchester!

  • Jimmy_toons

    I did notice Shearer referring to Man U as United several times on Match of the Day, which is very disappointing. Being surrounded by pundits and the likes of ‘Chumpers’ doesn’t help, but he should know better. It’s lazy and wrong. We all know there’s only one United, and we’re going to win fa.

  • East Durham Mag

    From any angle it was a stonewall penalty, absolute and total incompetence from a so called top referee. Cue Dermot Gallagher to defend the official. I wonder if it had been at the other end if he would have seen it?

    • Big Al 1967

      Monday morning Demot will say ‘I have sympathy with Anthony because if he can’t see it he can’t give it’ Just wait
      To be followed by the Muto one ‘Stonewall penalty I don’t know how he hasn’t given that one’

      • East Durham Mag

        Absolutely gutting mate especially sat in a club full of glory hunters mingled with the obligatory Scum supporters. As you say it will be a whitewash monday morning.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    All that is required to get a few wins is… luck. We have been really close against some sides and dire against others, and luck does play a part, but let’s hope it evens out over the season . Play two halves like the first yesterday and we’ll beat a good few sides . Better decision making by refs would help, as would fewer slips in concentration in the last ten minutes of a game. It could so easily have gone our way yesterday, No points maybe, but the best thing to come out of it will be confidence.

  • Wezza

    Sooner VAR is in this league the better to stop the corrupt FA officials.

    • Tino o

      They will find a way and an excuse not to give penalties against the mancs it’s the law you know!

      • Dillon Tovak

        Yeah you can guarantee there will be constant “why didn’t the ref go to VAR?” moments against the top 6.

  • nufcslf

    As bad as that call was for not at least a corner, I will always blame the fat c**t with everything that is wrong both on and off the pitch with this pathetic excuse for a football club. I Can’t not watch or listen to matches, but what a waste of f**king time it is while fatty remain’s. Thank God it is an international break and I don’t have to give this sh*t show any of my time or attention for couple of weeks.