Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie will be a game changer for United, according to Peter Schmeichel.Reuters

Manchester United registered a comfortable 3-0 win against Newcastle United away from home but it was marred by a couple of controversies that included Robin van Persie's violent behavior.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is of the opinion that van Persie should be punished with a few matches ban for elbowing Yohan Cabaye in the face.

"He's looked at Yohan and he's elbowed him. I think that needs to be looked at, if I'm honest. There is a bit of history here with Van Persie and I don't know whether he's got caught up in that. I actually thought Yohan wouldn't have gone down if he hadn't done something but I hadn't seen it myself. But I've obviously seen the replay and it looks like he's looked at him and put the elbow in," The Sun quoted Pardew as saying.

It maybe recalled that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney had earlier elbowed James McCarthy of Wigan but escaped a lengthy ban.

Another controversy hit the match as Newcastle was denied a goal by Papiss Cisse that appeared to have cross the goal line but the referee ruled that the ball had not crossed enough.

Interestingly, Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that it was a goal indeed.

"I thought the evidence was that the whole of the ball has got to be over. But I would have been disappointed if we had not been given a goal in that situation. The goalkeeper has done fantastic to get there, the whole ball has got to be over the line but I thought enough of the ball was over," he told The Sun.  

However, Newcastle coach Pardew said that he is still not sure if it was a goal.

"It's so close to call. I've looked at it about seven times and I still can't make out whether it went in or didn't," Pardew told Newcastle United TV.

"(If it's a goal) you've got a different scenario then and the stadium would have gone mad. Suddenly we would have had great pressure and they would have got a bit nervous. Unfortunately it didn't go in, and when they got that third goal they were on cruise control then," he added.

Manchester United defeated Newcastle on Sunday, with Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra and Tom Cleverley scoring a goal apiece for the visitors.