Dermot Gallagher reviews controversial decisions in the Premier League after each round of games, on behalf of Sky Sports, and has given his calls on two Newcastle United v Manchester United match incidents.

On both occasions he thinks the match officials got the decisions wrong.

Dermot Gallagher claiming Newcastle United got the benefit both times.

Jamaal Lascelles made contact with Marcus Rashford a few times, in and around the box and referring to one of these incidents, claims it should have been whistled up, but was a free-kick outside the box and not a penalty.

More contentiously was the Shelvey foul on Pogba.

Paul Pogba had been making a meal of things previous to this and when Jonjo Shelvey challenged him, the Frenchman once again collapsed to the ground.

Andre Marriner gave a free-kick but Dermot Gallagher says it should have been a red, thinking the referee didn’t have a great view.

However, he says Newcastle shouldn’t have to worry about retrospective action and punishment for the Newcastle player, as by giving the free-kick, Marriner is indicating that he has seen and dealt with it on the pitch.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


“A high tackle from midfielder Jonjo Shelvey on Paul Pogba only results in a free-kick for Manchester United.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Red Card.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“It’s a red card because he’s high, he’s come with force, and the point of contact is just too much, it’s gone down his leg.

“The referee is behind Shelvey so whether his body has shielded him I don’t know.

“He’s given a free-kick so the argument would be no [retrospective action].”


“Jamaal Lascelles barges Marcus Rashford off the ball on the edge of the area, but no foul is awarded.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Foul – free-kick.”

Dermot Says:

“I thought it was a foul, but I think it’s outside the box.

“When he barges him it’s just outside – not a penalty.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 2

Goals: Lukaku 64, Rashford 80

Possession was Man Utd 65% Newcastle 35%

Total shots were  Man Utd 16 Newcastle 14

Shots on target were Man Utd 7 Newcastle 3

Corners were  Man Utd 2 Newcastle United 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar (Muto 81), Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Diame (Shelvey 53), Perez (Kenedy 69), Atsu, Rondon

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Joselu, Manquillo, Lejeune

Crowd: 52,217 (3,000 Man Utd)

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  • Wezza

    If that is the case then atsu should have had a penalty as well and nothing said about Pogbas afters which he got away with. Yet again the bigger team getting all the decisions.

    • Da Ca

      I was just about to write the same thing

      • Ken

        Whilst it was a foul by Shelvey I think Pogba turned into the challenge which made it look worse than it was

        • BigHairyDog

          Spot on, Pogba plants his leg so it gets caught by Shelvey, if that had been the other way round Gallagher would’ve said Shelvey had instigated the contact. He’s as two faced as they come.

        • Wezza

          I agree with that, it was an attempt for the ball, a weak one but far from his worst.

  • Tommy

    The old Shelvey, there is always a chance he will do something stupid and he did just that,
    it was a red all day

  • mentalman

    What about the handballs

    • Tommy

      Handballs don`t cripple you

      • We’ll support you evermore

        Do you want the players to start wearing velcro straps like tag rugby instead of a good old fashioned challenge. Good on shelvey.

      • mentalman

        I don’t recall anyone leaving the pitch crippled,

  • Paul Cannell

    I thought it was a red card for shelvey, sky have shown the tackle a hundred times already today. They haven’t shown Pogba’s deliberate attempt at revenge even once.

  • Rabid Dog

    I’ve just heard all the Leazes Flags flags have been thrown out by the club by accident….. anyone confirm? Apparently about 5 grands worth…

    • Wezza

      Apparently so! £4500 quoted!
      Apparently club told them they had until Saturday to collect them.
      Though they’ll be binned at the clubs so maybe retreiveable.

  • Wor Lass

    This guy is an absolute [email protected]

  • BigHairyDog

    Pogba on Shelvey – no mention, Jones on Atsu and a stonewall penalty – no mention. What a surprise from Man Utd TV

    • Ruel Intentions

      I think Shelvey could have been booked for the tackle (definitely not a red, world’s gone mad), Pogba could have been booked for his late tackle and neither Lascelles on Rashford or Jones on Atsu were fouls. Both players need to be stronger in that situation.

    • Wezza

      I don’t think they showed a replay of their handball too! They’ve always been against us!

  • Ruel Intentions


    Newcastle player makes clean, excellent tackle and stays on feet.

    Dermot Gallagher Verdict:

    Red Card


    Any opposing player headbutts a Newcastle player, then kicks him whilst on floor

    Dermot Gallagher Verdict:

    No free kick. Meets the criteria for retrospective 2 match ban of Newcastle player for attempting to deceive a match official. Make it 3 games for good measure…

  • Big Al 1967

    This man seriously has a major beef with all things NUFC. Obvious when he refereed a game with us and pretty blatant now he is a pundit.

  • Christopher Rannigan

    Let’s hear his verdict on the Vincent kompany tackle last night

    • Billmag

      It was worse than Shelvey’s because he had both feet off the deck.

  • David2211

    I realise we are ok the same side and I hate Pogba but Shelvey should have walked for that awful ‘tackle’ on Pogba. And if you are suggesting Pogba stiffly bumping into Shelvey as ‘revenge’ then I think we all need to be a bit more sensible.
    Not that any of it matters now like.