HOWE'S THAT FOR BAD LUCK
Daily Express|December 28, 2021
Toon turn it on before Cavani saves the Reds
Simon Bird

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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