Manchester United scored early through a Wayne Rooney penalty, after a handball by Chancel Mbemba.
Manchester United drew first blood against Newcastle last night after they were awarded a penalty at St. James' Park.
Inside the opening 10 minutes Chancel Mbemba was judged by Mike Dean to have handled the ball, and a spot kick was given.
Wayne Rooney made no mistake from 12 yards, netting his second penalty in four days, netting in a third consecutive game.
The penalty award split opinion among pundits, and Match of the Day host and former striker Gary Lineker commented on Twitter after the incident, to suggest a more neutral punishment for such incidents, that free-kicks be given rather than penalties.
It's time they changed the handball law. Make it that every time it strikes a hand/arm it's a free kick/penalty regardless of intent.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 12, 2016
It's unlikely such a major change would be made to the game's rules, but Lineker provides a talking point all the same.
The punishment for a handball inside the box would then equate to the same as a backpass, while there may also be even more incentive for defenders to risk handling the ball on the goal line to stop a shot going in, knowing the team could place a wall in front of a free-kick, rather than just having a goalkeeper to save a penalty.