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Alan Shearer blames referee for Newcastle United defeat at Manchester United – ‘Terrible’

6 months ago
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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)

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