The Latics forward's crunching tackle caught Magpies left back Massadio Haidara high on the leg, forcing his immediate substitution for treatment and incensing John Carver.
The young forward clattered into the Frenchman at speed with his boot raised high and nowhere near the ball, forcing the Magpies man to immediately withdraw for treatment.
Newcastle assistant manager John Carver leapt off the bench on the halftime whistle and attempted to confront McManaman as tempers frayed and more players got involved. Stewards were required to intervene and pull players and staff apart before the two teams finally returned to their dressing rooms.
Referee Mark Halsey appeared to have his view obscured by a player and did not give a foul against the Latics man, who is likely to face retrospective action from the FA for his challenge.