Manchester United were lucky not to concede a penalty against Newcastle United on Wednesday evening.
Gary Lineker has suggested that Newcastle United should have been given a penalty in the game against Manchester United.
The incident in question came early on in the game; with Newcastle forward Antony Réveilère seemingly clean through on goal before being fouled by United defender Chris Smalling.
Referee Anthony Taylor failed to give a penalty though, despite replays showing that Smalling had clearly caught the feet of the Frenchman as he ran in on goal.
Lineker tweeted shortly after the incident, suggesting that the penalty was a clear-cut decision and a stonewall penalty for the home side.
If that wasn't a penalty at St James' Park then my ears ain't big.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 4, 2015
“If that wasn't a penalty at St James' Park then my ears ain't big,” posted Lineker on his official account.
Fellow pundit Robbie Savage was also quick to tweet about the controversial incident.
Wow wow stonewall penalty for newcastle !!! Not given @FletchAndSav— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) March 4, 2015
“Wow wow stonewall penalty for Newcastle!!! Not given,” tweeted the former Blackburn midfielder, echoing Lineker’s sentiments that the decision should have gone in the home side’s favour.
Given the result, with Manchester United going on to win the game courtesy of Ashley Young’s late strike, John Carver’s team will feel all the more aggrieved to have not been given the chance to take the lead against Van Gaal’s side.