Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United’s interim manager, was dissatisfied with his team’s performance against Newcastle United.
The Red Devils barely managed a point in a 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park on Monday, their first match in over two weeks. In a contest that Newcastle dominated, Allan Saint-Maximin put the Magpies ahead after just seven minutes.
Manchester United equalised in the 71st minute through Edinson Cavani, and the match ended in a draw.
The German coach thought his players improved in the second half, but he was disappointed with their lack of aggression.
Rangnick also believes his team’s 4-2-2-2 system, which helped them win their opening two Premier League games, was not to blame. Instead, he blamed the players’ lack of commitment. Rangnick, on the other hand, praised David de Gea, who made several crucial saves throughout the game.
Manchester United has not benefited from increased COVID-19 instances in their roster. Their game versus Newcastle, on the other hand, did not appear to be the product of a lack of match practise alone.
In attack, the Red Devils appeared to lack ideas, with Cristiano Ronaldo, in particular, having a miserable night. Marcus Rashford and Fred were ineffective, and United’s high-pressing strategy that had worked so well under Rangnick seemed to have completely disintegrated.
They are seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the Premier League league. United do have two games in hand, but they will not qualify for the UEFA Champions League even if they win both.
Tottenham Hotspur, who are now in fifth place and six points behind Arsenal, have three games in hand over the Gunners. Despite a recent slump in form, West Ham United are also in contention.