The Magpies suffered a 1-0 defeat to United at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Although John Carver’s side battled hard against the Red Devils, a late goal from Ashley Young proved to be enough for the Manchester outfit to pick up all three points.
However, in the opening minutes of the encounter Newcastle were denied what looked like a clear penalty.
Chris Smalling mistimed his challenge and brought down Emmanuel Riviere as the French forward burst into the United penalty box, but the officials did not deem it a foul.
Former Newcastle attacker Lovenkrands has now suggested on Twitter that it was the key incident in the game.
What a game at St James's Park both teams missed BIG CHANCES! And the spitting incident is just not acceptable!— Peter Lovenkrands (@lovenkrands11) March 5, 2015
Think Man U was more dominant, but would that have been different had Nufc got that penalty that they should have had after only 8min??— Peter Lovenkrands (@lovenkrands11) March 5, 2015
One suspects that all Newcastle fans will agree with Lovenkrands. Had the referee given the penalty and the Magpies been able to successfully convert it, then it could have had a massive impact on how the game developed.
An early goal would have enhanced the Newcastle players’ confidence and given them more impetus, while the visiting players would have been more urgent to score.
However, there was still loads of time for Newcastle to score after that penalty incident, but they failed.