After seeing his error-strewn team scrape a point against struggling Newcastle, Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick acknowledged he “did not like the performance at all.”
Following an at times shambolically bad first half from the visitors, in which they collaborated to partially gift Allan Saint-Maximin the first goal, Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score a second-half level.
An out-of-sorts Red Devils consistently lost possession, missed tackles, and failed to pose a sustained threat to a disciplined and determined home defense for much of the game.
Rangnick avoided his first loss as interim manager thanks to Cavani’s goal, but the point does not aid them significantly in their quest for a top-four berth.
They have games in hand on those above them, but are seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
“Today we didn’t control the game apart from a few moments,” Rangnick told Sky Sports. “It’s all about energy, physicality and who wins the second balls. In all those areas we weren’t at our best.
Source: BBC Sport