NEWCASTLE - 1
MANCHESTER UTD - 1
EDINSON CAVANI salvaged a point for Manchester United but there will be an inquest after a comically bad first-half display from the visitors.
For 45 minutes, this was worse than anything under the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Bullied by a struggling Newcastle, Ralf Rangnick got the shape of his side wrong and the attitude of his team stank out St James' Park.
It took substitute Cavani's 71st-minute strike, after a slightly improved second half, to prevent embarrassment.
Rangnick's rival boss Eddie Howe, though, was delighted with a spirit on show that demonstrated the progress he has made. But the Toon still conceded their 80th league goal of 2021, a new record.
It was Manchester United's first game for 16 days due to Covid postponements.
Rangnick "didn't like the body language” in a faltering win over Norwich last time out.
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