Eddie Howe agrees with Wayne Rooney over 'unfortunate' Man Utd v Newcastle United claim

Newcastle United lost 3-2 to Manchester United as the race for European qualification goes down to the final day.

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe bemoaned his players’ defending after losing 3-2 to Manchester United.

The Magpies fell behind in the 31st minute when Kobbie Mainoo was played onside by Kieran Trippier. Anthony Gordon equalised just after the break but goals from Amad Diallo and substitute Rasmus Hojlund increased the scoreline to 3-1.

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Lewis Hall’s stunning strike pulled one back in the closing stages but the Red Devils held out for victory. It saw Erik ten Hag’s men move level on points with Newcastle as the race for European qualification goes down to the wire.

“We did have chances, it felt like we could score at any moment,” said Howe. “Frustrated with the first-half because we felt for all our good play and chances we had we should have scored. Second-half we scored two but what cost us the game was how we defended the goal.

“I don’t think we were under huge pressure tonight but we conceded three goals. The manner of goals are hugely frustrating for us. Each one we’ll look back at and hang our heads because we should have done better. When you score two away from home you expect something from the match, you can’t score four to win.”

Howe also believes his side were denied a stonewall penalty when Sofyan Amrabat clipped the back Gordon’s heel. The incident came not long after Mainoo handed the home side the league.

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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney said: “I think it’s a penalty. Casemiro does well with his tackle but Amrabat catches him on his left heel. It’s a penalty, for me. He takes him out. Newcastle are very unfortunate.”

And Howe agreed: “I was surprised because I was watching it back at the time and tried to see what happened and why Anthony had gone down. I thought there must be a reason. First couple of views of it I couldn’t see it then you can see the contact and it’s an absolute stonewall penalty, I don’t know how VAR got involved in that. That’s it’s job.

“I’m the same on VAR where I’ve always been, I like the power being with the referee, even if they miss penalties like today. For me, offsides yes but give more powers back to the referee.”

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