Newcastle United slipped to another defeat last night.
The Magpies were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United, meaning the gap between themselves and Fulham remains at just three points.
Allan Saint-Maximin equalised for the visitors after Marcus Rashford’s opener, but Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes ensured victory for the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
In the end, Newcastle didn’t deserve anything from the game, but there was something that happened early on that was skipped over, that could have meant a completely different game.
Footage has emerged of an incident that occurred in the first five minutes of the game that shows United defender Harry Maguire ‘elbowing’ Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles as he went to attack a set-piece.
The former Leicester City man made no attempt to defend the cross and appeared to strike Lascelles in the six-yard box.
There were no comments from the BT Sport commentary team, and the action was seemingly not seen by the referee or the VAR, which surely would have awarded a penalty had it been clocked.
The Red Devils going down to 10 men early doors would have changed the entire complexion of the game and potentially have put wind in Newcastle’s sails.
On social media, some fans were not happy:
— David Ashley (@dayveea1) February 21, 2021
Love to know why that challenge on lascelles in first half wasn’t checked? Maguire clearly takes his eyes off the ball and onto lascelles then goes on to elbow him??
Like the lack of consistency of VAR is unreal, we’re in a relegation battle so of course I’m sour #Nufc
— Lee🕳 (@leelowery96) February 21, 2021
Not sure how Maguire elbowing Lascelles in the box isn’t a penalty or worthy of VAR…same old referees and Man Utd. #NUFC
— Little Geordie (@vegan_explorer) February 21, 2021
— Paul White (@Yaaaaaaanited) February 21, 2021
More contact than the penalty
— Rich Hegarty (@Hegster1973) February 21, 2021
Definitely a penalty there…
— Craig Crowley (@craigcrowley64) February 21, 2021
Should be a red as no attempt for the ball
— Newcastle#Brendon (@NewcastleBrend1) February 22, 2021