Here's why Newcastle weren't awarded THAT penalty against Manchester United as pundit slams 'unbelievable' decision

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has explained why Newcastle weren't awarded a stonewall penalty against Manchester United on Saturday.

Monday, 8th October 2018, 3:37 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th October 2018, 11:29 pm
Here's why Newcastle weren't awarded THAT penalty against Manchester United as pundit slams 'unbelievable' decision

Anthony Taylor failed to spot a handball by Ashley Young in the penalty following Jonjo Shelvey in-swinging free-kick on the left hand side of the 18-yard box.

Rafa Benitez's side were 2-0 up at the time after Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto scored inside the opening 10 minutes - the first team to do at Old Trafford since the Premier League formed in 1992.

Bizarrely, whilst Taylor waved away the Magpies appeals for a spot-kick, he wrongly awarded a goal kick - which Danny Mills branded as 'unbelievable'.

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Gallagher offered his opinion on why he believes Taylor didn't award the penalty.

"I think the referees will have to think a little bit of where they're going to stand for the reason being because he [Anthony Taylor] thinks the priority is where the ball is going to drop i.e is there going to be a foul in the penalty area," said Gallagher

"A learning point from that is they have got to think of a different angle that will give you both options or use a different official."

Mills said "it was really poor refereeing" and thinks it "unbelievable" that his eyes weren't on the ball.

"He give a goal kick, he didn't even give a corner - he wasn't looking at the ball at all which is unbelievable," Mills said.

"We spoke about it earlier, surely he has got to change his position. As a defender, you want to see the ball and man.

"There were two players on that free-kick - they could have taken it short and something could have happened - the referee would have missed it completely - I think that was really poor refereeing."

Some Newcastle fans had voiced concerns before kick off surrounding Taylor, who was born just six miles away from Old Trafford in Wythenshawe.