Manchester United drew with Newcastle thanks to Edinson Cavani’s equaliser in the 71st minute of the game. United is presently in seventh place in the rankings.
After Edinson Cavani rescued a 1-1 draw at struggling Newcastle on Monday, Ralf Rangnick criticized 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 off the bench to score his first goal since October, ensuring Rangnick avoided his first defeat as United’s interim manager in four games.
United, on the other hand, is still in the seventh position in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with two games remaining.
Rangnick had won his first two league games since succeeding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but neither performance had been particularly impressive, and this was another disappointing effort.
“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 ball. In all those areas we weren’t at our best,” Rangnick said
“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.”
United had the excuse of the Covid outbreak, which compelled them to sit out for 16 days after winning 1-0 at Norwich on December 11.
The club’s training ground was closed for four days, and its games were postponed against Brentford and Brighton.
Rangnick will know that, regardless of the coronavirus situation, United must drastically improve if they are to finish in the top four.