Newcastle’s thrilling performance was only enough for one point when poor Manchester United drew 1-1 at St James’ Park.
Allan Saint-Maximin’s fine goal in the first half had given Newcastle the lead in the seventh minute and Ralf Rangnick’s side deserved that lead for over an hour.
But substitute Edinson Cavani scored a well-deserved draw and it took some typical heroism from David de Gea to deny Miguel Almiron a winner at Newcastle’s end.
Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Manquillo (7), Schar (7), Lascelles (7), Krafth (8), Fraser (7), Shelvey (7), Sean Longstaff (7), Joelinton (9), Saint-Maximin ( 9), Wilson (7).
Subtitles: Murphy (7), Almiron (6), Gayle (6).
Manchester United: De Gea (7), Dalot (7), Varane (6), Maguire (5), Telles (6), McTominay (6), Fred (5), Fernandes (6), Rashford (5), Greenwood (5) , Ronaldo (6).
Subtitles: Cavani (8), Sancho (6), Matic (6).
Man of the match: Joelinton
As Manchester United fled with a draw, Rangnick regime’s first points lost, Eddie Howe remained frustrated, a night of promise and hope that ended with Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson injured.
The result was not enough to make Manchester United rise in the standings, who remain seventh, while Newcastle remain one at the bottom of the 19th, always two points from salvation.
How the game unfolded
In an electric atmosphere at St James’ Park, Manchester United seem rushed from the start with their seasoned center-back duo appearing particularly disheveled.
Harry Maguire’s mistake nearly let Ryan Fraser in early before Raphael Varane, his first starter since October, was punished after being expropriated in the build-up for the opening.
Saint-Maximin found himself running on the Manchester United defense, cutting into Maguire and, in stretch, somehow cleverly shoving the ball into the corner of the net.
The pace seemed too much for the visiting team at that stage, the rejuvenated Joelinton approaching doubling with a shot that bounced De Gea.
Rangnick’s side had a lot of possession, but chances for Newcastle continued to come with Wilson also putting the ball in the net only to be judged offside.
The closest Manchester United came in the first half was through Mason Greenwood on a clever free-kick from Bruno Fernandes, but Cristiano Ronaldo was still offside and interfered.
It was an alarming 45 minutes for visitors in what Gary Neville had announced ahead of time as a fresh start, but soon found himself mocking the players as a bunch of ‘burghers’.
Newcastle have made no fewer than six changes since their 4-0 defeat at Man City and have named only eight out of nine possible substitutes. Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almiron took the bench, while Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie, Joe Willock and Isaac Hayden were out. Javier Manquillo, Fabian Schar, Emil Krafth, Jonjo Shelvey, Sean Longstaff and Allan Saint-Maximin joined.
Manchester United, who had not played since 11 December, made two changes to their 1-0 win at Norwich. Raphael Varane played for the first time since the end of October, recovering from a hamstring injury, to replace the absent Victor Lindelof. Later in the field, Mason Greenwood came in for Jadon Sancho, who was on the bench.
Jadon Sancho and Cavani replaced Greenwood and Fred at half-time but Saint-Maximin would have to make his second from close range only to be denied by De Gea.
Better contact on Emil Kraftth’s low cross from the right would have been too much for the Manchester United goalkeeper, but the missed opportunity left the door ajar.
Rangnick’s team seemed unable to make it. A thrust by Ronaldo that could have earned more than a yellow card. A mistake by Marcus Rashford. A sad intersection of Sancho.
This was “Bizarro World”, where Joelinton looked like the most complete player on the pitch. He fixed Saint-Maximin again, forcing another good save from De Gea as the fans screamed.
But in the open game, there was always that chance to equalize and Cavani found it, scoring on the second attempt after Diogo Dalot’s cross from the right.
The Uruguayan can look like a ball magnet in the box and nearly scored a second goal soon after Newcastle relaxed, doubts creeping into their performance.
A promising night became more complicated when Saint-Maximin got injured, joining Wilson who had previously limped, undermining confidence in an outcome – and possibly Premier League survival.
But Newcastle refused to give up and in the 88th minute came painfully close to victory, when Jacob Murphy hit the post before Almiron suffered a splendid save on De Gea.
Martin Dubravka nearly failed late when he dropped a high ball in Sancho’s path, but a Manchester United win was not deserved. They both had to settle for an eventful draw.
- Newcastle have lost more points from winning positions than any other Premier League team this season (19). In fact, he has only won one of nine league games in which he scored first this season (D5 L3).
- Manchester United have scored 113 goals against Newcastle United in the Premier League; the clearest team that one team has scored against another in the competition.
- Newcastle conceded 80 Premier League goals in 2021; the absolute maximum from a team in a single calendar year in the competition. The last team in the top flight to suffer the most in a year was West Brom in 1985 (87).
- Newcastle have won just 11 points in their 19 league games this season – of the previous 15 instances where a team had 11 points or less at this stage of a Premier League campaign, West Brom in 2004-05 is the the only team that managed to avoid relegation.
- Since the start of the 2019-20 season – his first at the club – Allan Saint-Maximin is the only Newcastle player to have achieved double figures for both goals (10) and assists (11) in the competition.
- Newcastle have recorded eight shots on target in this match, while they have only faced four since Manchester United – since 2003-04 (from which we have this data), this is the first time Newcastle have recorded double the number of shots on target. of the Red Devils in a Premier League match.
- Five of Allan Saint-Maximin’s 10 Premier League goals for Newcastle have seen him open the scoring, while the Magpies are unbeaten in the five games in which the Frenchman scored the first goal (W4 D1).
- Since his Premier League debut in October 2020, Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani has scored six goals as a substitute; at least double that of any other player during this period. Only four players have now scored more for the Red Devils as an underling in the Premier League: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (17), Chicharito (14), Marcus Rashford (9) and Anthony Martial (8).
Manchester United will now host Burnley on 30 December at 8:15 pm in the Premier League, while Newcastle will be at Everton at 7:30 pm the same day. You can watch free match highlights from both games shortly after full time on skysport.com and on the Sky Sports app.