Cavani rescues Man Utd in Newcastle draw

In the second half, Cavani came as a substitute to score his first goal since October, guaranteeing Rangnick escaped his first defeat as United's interim coach in four games

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After Edinson Cavani rescued a 1-1 draw at troubled Newcastle on Monday, Ralf Rangnick condemned his Manchester United players for lacking aggression.

Rangnick’s team was outplayed for lengthy spells at St James’ Park, thanks to Allan Saint-eye-catching Maximin’s early goal.

In the second half, Cavani came as a substitute to score his first goal since October, guaranteeing Rangnick escaped his first defeat as United’s interim coach in four games.

United, on the other hand, is still very much in the seventh position in the Premier League, seven points below fourth-placed Arsenal with two games remaining.

Prior to this game, Rangnick had won his first two league games since succeeding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but neither performance had been particularly spectacular, and this was another lackluster display.

Ragnick while speaking about the unimpressive performance, said

I didn’t like the performance at all. 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 .You have to be able to win those direct duels. Today was not a question of body language, it was a question of body physicality.

If you want to be competitive you have to get physical and this was not the case in many parts of the game.

He continued

We need to be better and get more physical. We shouldn’t be looking for excuses. We have to meet the demands in terms of speed, tempo and rhythm.

United seemed to have the excuse of the Covid outbreak, which prompted them to sit out for 16 days after winning 1-0 against Norwich on December 11.

The club’s training facility was closed for four days, and its games against Brentford and Brighton were rescheduled.

Rangnick will know that, regardless of the coronavirus crisis, United must significantly improve if they really want to finish in the top four.

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