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Rangnick disappointed with Man Utd’s physicality against Newcastle.

Updated: Dec 28, 2021

Cavani came off the bench to score an equaliser for a below-par Manchester United side gave Newcastle hope of surviving in the Premier League.

Newcastle 1-1 Man Utd.

Rangnick was disappointed with Man Utd’s unforced errors and lack of aggression against Newcastle
Rangnick was disappointed with Man Utd’s unforced errors and lack of aggression against Newcastle

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick admitted that he was disappointed with the Red Devils’ all round performance against Newcastle United on Monday night. Allan Saint-Maximin gave Newcastle a surprise lead in the seventh minute with a brilliant strike that sent the Toon Army into ecstasy at St James' Park. The hosts were the better side as they had more urgency and desire to win the game. United’s interim boss Rangnick reacted at half-time and made two changes, bringing on Cavani and Jadon Sancho. The move paid off as Cavani immediately added greater threat to the blunt attack by side-footing one effort wide before finding the net at the third time of asking with a poked shot from inside the box.

David de Gea was clearly the best player for United, who were playing for the first time in 16 days, as he stopped the Magpies from doubling their lead and prevented a late winner with a top class save.

Rangnick: 'I didn't like the performance at all'

After the draw, Rangnick told Sky Sports: "I didn't like the performance at all. 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.

"You have to be ready and able to win those direct duels and this was not that often the case. When we were in possession we had too many giveaways and even with the goal, that doesn't make things easy. "Today was not a question of body language, it was a question of body physicality. If you want to be competitive here you have to get physical and this was not the case in many parts of the game. "Our biggest problem was the mistakes we made. Even when we scored the equaliser we were not really controlling the game and taking the right decisions. "We were one goal behind and we needed to take more risks. In some situations, including the goal, we were good and with Edinson we had another striker who was dangerous. "Today it was not a question of formation - it was a question of how aggressive we were. "In three days we have the next game. We can do better but we have to do it. We shouldn't look for excuses - we need to be better and get more physical. I was not happy with our performance with the ball or when we had to press. What kind of energy mode do we play with the ball and without the ball?"

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