Newcastle United vs Manchester United
Newcastle United were unlucky not to take all three points in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
Ralf Rangnick’s side returned to action after over two weeks without a match and looked rusty as a resilient home side took an early lead through Allan Saint-Maximin.
If Ralf Rangnick’s revolution remains a work-in-progress, he at least has a striker who is the finished article. Barcelona, who fancy they can take him in January if noises in the Spanish press are to be believed, should be put right first thing on Tuesday morning – and Rangnick must promote the forward to more than just cameos like this.
Cavani came off the bench to bag his first goal since October in the second half, ensuring Rangnick avoided a first defeat in four games as United’s interim manager.
But United remain in seventh place in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth placed Arsenal with two games in hand.
Manchester United were playing for the first time in 16 days after having games against Brentford and Brighton postponed for COVID-related issues. And just before kickoff on Monday, Ralf Rangnick revealed that defender Victor Lindelof had tested positive for the virus.
“I didn’t like the performance at all,” Rangnick said after the match. “Today we didn’t control the game apart from a few moments. It’s all about energy, physicality and who wins the second balls. In all those areas we weren’t at our best.
The result left the Old Trafford side seventh in the standings on 28 points from 17 games, behind sixth-placed West Ham on goal difference, while Newcastle stayed 19th on 11 points from 19 matches.