Man Utd 1-1 Newcastle United - Bad Call Costs United 3 Points

Javier Hernandez

Man United 1-1 Newcastle

Demba Ba scored for Newcastle with a penalty soon after.

Manchester United had to settle with a 1-1 draw with Newcastle in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford – due to a poor call.

Referee Mike Jones made a questionable call after a tackle by Rio Ferdinand on Hatem Ben Arfa – and he awarded a spot-kick after speaking to assistant John Flynn.

Fergie did not agree with the call.

“Everyone, including the referee, was astounded. He was put in a terrible position. Why can’t the referee overrule it when he is only eight yards away?” Ferguson remarked.

“The problem is that the referees are full-time and the linesmen are not, and whether he ever gets a game again, the assistant referee, is not for me to decide but it was an absolutely shocking decision.

“It costs you. Two years ago when the linesman gave the offside goal against Chelsea it cost us the league, so hopefully we’re not saying that at the end of May.”

Man Utd boss, Sir Alex Ferguson remarked after the game that his men played extremely well.

“Listening to Alan Pardew’s interview and he said he thought they were the better team in the first half, I don’t know what game he was at,” said Ferguson.

“They made one chance in the match but in the first half Chicharito had four one-on-ones in the first half and on another day he takes two or three.

“In terms of creating chances we were fantastic, and if we play like that every week I’ll be delighted.”

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