Jonjo Shelvey escapes punishment from the FA for studs-up challenge on Paul Pogba

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Manchester United seem to be back on track under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Four wins out of four since the baby-faced assassin took over is a far cry from the wretched form that saw Jose Mourinho sacked on December 18.

In that time the Red Devils have scored 14 goals and only conceded three times, which has dramatically improved their goal difference.

And against Newcastle on Wednesday night, they finally recorded a clean sheet.

Not since November 24, 2018, in a 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace have United kept the opposition out, so it's been a long time coming.

Solskjaer must be credited with shoring up United's defence during his short reign, not to mention getting the best out of the likes of Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

Pogba in particular has excelled under Solskjaer having recorded four goals and three assists in four Premier League games.

He could have scored against Newcastle, too, but was only able to find the side netting after dribbling the ball around goalkeeper Martin Dubravka late on.

One concern for United is that the Frenchman reportedly left St James' Park limping and needed medical attention on the team bus following a nasty challenge from Jonjo Shelvey.


Shelvey raked his studs down the back of Pogba's leg in the second half and somehow escaped punishment from referee Andre Marriner, who didn't even show a yellow card.

United fans have since been calling for the FA to ban Shelvey but according to the BBC's Simon Stone, they've decided they won't be taking action.

And why? Because the referee saw the incident and gave a free-kick, which the FA regard as the incident being dealt with.

"FA won't be taking any action against Jonjo Shelvey for tackle on Paul Pogba last night," Stone tweeted.

"Referee saw incident and gave a free-kick so incident regarded as dealt with, even if the on the spot decision might have been wrong. Mistakes happen."

Outrageous. Shelvey could have seriously injured Pogba with his challenge and it's within the FA's power to take retrospective action, which should have been the case here.

Shelvey can count himself very lucky.

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