Saturday wasn’t the first time Anthony Taylor has robbed Newcastle of a penalty against Manchester United.

Go back to 2015, and the referee did exactly the same at St James’ Park. Newcastle lost the game 1-0, but it might have been different had the Magpies got a penalty.

Emanuel Riviere was blatantly fouled in the box, only for Taylor to wave play on.

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Instead, Manchester United went on to win, with Ashley Young scoring in the 89th minute.

And once again on Saturday, Taylor might have cost Newcastle a point or three.

Taylor misses stonewall penalty

While there is no excuse for conceding a two goal lead, it might have been three.

After goals from Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto, Newcastle were dominating at Old Trafford.

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They would receive a free kick out on the left, in a great position for either Jonjo Shelvey or Matt Ritchie to swing one in.


Shelvey did exactly that, and a deflection off Ashley Young saw the ball go out for a ‘corner’.

However, Taylor pointed for a goal kick. Replays after the incident showed just how wrong he got this decision. Not only did it come off a Manchester United player, but it came off a blatant handball.

Had it been spotted, Newcastle would’ve had the chance to go 3-0 up; a chance that Ritchie likely would’ve taken.

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While Muto did get away with a similar incident later in the game, going 3-0 up would’ve totally changed the complexion of the game.

If the penalty had been given, there might have been no way for Manchester United to come back and steal something.

Cheers Anthony…