Monday night saw, among other Premier League football results, Manchester United disappoint in an away football match against Newcastle United. The Red Devils could only manage to level the football scores to 1-1 at St. James’ Park.
In this game, Edinson Cavani’s late, second-half finish cancelled out Allan Saint-Maximin’s superb first-half strike.
Saint-Maximin put hosts Newcastle ahead in the 7th minute, and they retained this early lead going into the half-time break. In the second half, though, after many attempts, Cavani, only a second-half substitute, scored an equalizer at the 71st minute.
Lastly, another point-saving performance from David De Gea between the posts was the greatest highlight of an otherwise uninspired match.
So, United’s showcase was dismal, especially within the context of their facing a relegation-embattled club as hosts.
Premier League Football Results – Manchester United Disappoint
This draw ensured that Manchester United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick maintained his unbeaten start to life at the Red Devils.
However, the visitors found themselves often mired in post-Christmas lethargy following a two-week-plus Covid-19-enforced break from action.
Manchester United were playing for the first time in 16 days after they couldn’t face Brentford and Brighton COVID-related issues.
And just before kickoff on Monday, Rangnick revealed that defender Victor Lindelof had tested positive for coronavirus (the football news).
“Today was not a question of body language, it was a question of body physicality,” Ralf Rangnick told Sky Sports. “If you want to be competitive here you have to get physical and this was not the case in many parts of the game.”
“I didn’t like the performance at all,” Rangnick said decidedly 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 good thing is we got a point but the performance needs to be better.”