ALAN Pardew felt Newcastle United suffered some ref justice at Old Trafford.
Pardew’s side were convincingly beaten 3-1 by Manchester United yesterday.
Wayne Rooney netted twice and Robin van Persie also scored for Louis van Gaal’s team, while substitute Papiss Demba Cisse scored a late penalty for Newcastle, who dropped to 10th in the Premier League ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Everton.
However, manager Pardew believed the game turned on an early decision from referee Michael Jones not to award a penalty when Juan Mata clipped the heels of Yoan Gouffran in the box.
The score was goalless at the time, and Pardew was left to rue the decision.
“I thought we started really well, and the referee has got a call wrong in my opinion,” said Pardew.
“I think that’s a penalty – Mata’s run across the back of a player who is going to head the ball towards goal.
“It was a goalscoring opportunity. You have to say that was clumsy and a penalty.”
Pardew, however, acknowledged that Man United were far more clinical in front of goal.
“The difference between the two sides was the cutting edge of man United,” he said.
“They were really good going forward. When we over-committed, they were clinical, although they didn’t have a raft of chances.
“Our goal hasn’t had a save to make apart from one from (Antonio) Valenica.
“We would obviously have liked to have put more pressure on them.”
It was third-placed Man United’s 11th successive Boxing Day victory.