Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has spoken of his surprise that an incident in last night’s game between Manchester United and Newcastle United wasn’t looked at.

The incident in question involved Harry Maguire and Jamal Lascelles from a Magpies free-kick early in the first-half.

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As the ball was airborne, footage shows Maguire shifting his focus to the attacking Lascelles and moving his arm towards him.

The former Leicester City man prevented Lascelles from challenging for the ball, with David De Gea then punching clear.

The action was not spotted by referee Paul Tierney or VAR Stuart Attwell, and Maguire was able to remain on the pitch and the hosts did not have to face a penalty.

The game eventually finished 3-1 to the Red Devils, but one wonders how different things could have been.

In the eyes of ex-official Halsey, Newcastle were unlucky.


He said in response to a fan on Twitter: “Was surprised it wasn’t mentioned in commentary, I don’t think there would have been any complaints if a penalty was awarded and a yellow card for reckless use of the arm, it is a subjective decision Stuart.”

Frustration for Newcastle

In the end, Newcastle were no match for Manchester United, but things could have been so different.

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Maguire’s look at Lascelles before catching him is not a good look at all and could easily have warranted a dismissal.

But what’s done is done, and Newcastle urgently need to be better in their play – right now their Premier League status depends on it.

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