A controversial decision from referee Mike Dean allowed Manchester United to take the lead at St James’ Park on Tuesday night.
Marouane Fellaini rose highest to get his head to a Danny Blind corner, only for Chancel Mbemba to block the effort with his hand. Newcastle protests fell on deaf ears as a penalty was awarded, with Wayne Rooney making no mistake from the spot.
Given the pressure that Louis van Gaal’s side have come under this season for their lack of goals, it will certainly be a welcome boost for the Dutchman to see his side take the lead away from home.
Rooney, fresh from scoring a dramatic late winning penalty against Sheffield United in the FA Cup at the weekend, will similarly have been delighted with adding a goal to his Premier League tally.
However, whether or not United are able to hold on to secure what would be a crucial win remains to be seen. The visitors certainly looked well organised and motivated to continue their good form with a potential win making it three victories in a row in all competitions, and in turn it would come as a huge boost for Van Gaal who has come under further criticism in the last few days, as noted by Manchester Evening News.
Meanwhile, BT Sport pundit and former referee Howard Webb was adamant that Dean was correct and had made the right decision to award a penalty with the benefit of seeing replays.