Manchester United were lucky to escape with a point against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Edinson Cavani scored a second half equaliser to rescue a draw for Manchester United after Allan Saint-Maximin’s early opener.

United were fortunate not to lose the game, with Newcastle hitting the post and then David de Gea bailing the team out several times.

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Gary Neville gave his verdict on United’s woeful display after the defeat, criticising how disjointed the team were.


Neville told Sky Sports at the full-time whistle: “It was a mess second half, desperation, style, everything.

Speaking about interim boss Ralf Rangnick, Neville added: “I think there will be a lot he hates about what he has seen tonight.”

United fans left frustrated

This was a painful match to watch after initial enthusiasm of seeing United back in action quickly subsided. United’s travelling fans will feel even more let down after travelling to Newcastle to watch that display.

Newcastle had conceded 11 goals in three games leading up to the match and it seemed a rested Manchester United may have been playing them at the perfect time. But Ralf Rangnick’s side could not take advantage.

Instead United seemed disjointed and anxious, and are clearly struggling to implement Rangnick’s preferred playing style.

The team made errors in defence, gave the ball away too often in attack, and failed to create chances, while wasting the few which were created.

Edinson Cavani scored the equaliser to bail the team out, and secure a barely deserved point.

After the excitement we all felt at seeing United back in action, this was a dispiriting effort from a team which has so much to fix to be truly competitive.

Ralf Rangnick has plenty to work on and as Neville points out, he won’t be at all happy with what he saw.

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