Newcastle United vs Manchester United: Player Ratings

Manchester United’s visit to St James’ Park on Monday evening was a disappointing one for Ralf Rangnick. 

The German had put out what looked a full-strength side on paper, with Rapahel Varane making his return to the side. 

A usual story on the road, the Reds’ fell behind early on through a stabbed effort from Allan Saint-Maximin. It was Varane’s mistake which allowed the French winger a direct run at Diogo Dalot, before cutting inside and leaving David De Gea standing. 

United struggled all evening, failing to find a number of Cristiano Ronaldo’s runs, with Bruno Fernandes losing possession 26 times – the most of any in the side. It wasn’t until the 71st minute when United levelled things up through substitute Edinson Cavani’s scrappy goal. 

Post-match, Ralf Rangnick said: “We won a point, not lost two”, after being asked on how poor his sides performance was. 

Newcastle United vs Manchester United Player Ratings

David De Gea – 8

On a tough night, it was the Spaniard’s unbelievable reflex save from Miguel Almiron’s effort that gave United the point. One of, if not, the only Manchester United player that can have their head held high after the visit to St James’ Park.

Diogo Dalot – 5 

It was a difficult night for the Portuguese international, facing Allan Saint-Maximin. Dalot is usually known for his on-the-ball quality but was hardly given the opportunity to showcase this. Seeing Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the side against Burnley wouldn’t come as a surprise. 

Raphael Varane – 3 

The French centre-back had a rough return to the side. Varane looked a shadow of himself against Eddie Howe’s side, losing the ball on a number of occasions. The summer signing wasn’t helped out by partner Harry Maguire.

Harry Maguire – 3

Just as his fellow centre-back, Maguire was poor, as he has been since the start of the new season. Seeing Eric Bailly replace the captain would be quite refreshing.

Alex Telles – 2

Similarly to the rest of the backline. The Brazilian was tortured all night long by the Newcastle wide-men. Telles was poor offensively, and Luke Shaw returning to the side for the Burnely game would most likely be Ralf Rangnick’s best option. 

Fred – 4 

With United poor as a defensive unit, Fred remained a player exposed to everything. The Brazilian misplaced a number of passes early on, with his, and Scott McTominay’s lack of forward passes becoming a huge issue for the side. 

Scott McTominay – 4 

In the minutes McTominay played, he struggled to really impact the game, facing the same issues as Fred. 

Marcus Rashford – 1 

One of the worst individuals on the pitch and has been for quite some time. Rashford looks a player disinterested, often throwing his weight around when losing the ball. Seeing the Englishman would do a world of good for the side. 

Bruno Fernandes – 1 

Just like Rashford, the attacking midfielder’s performance was disastrous. Losing the ball more than anyone else, Fernandes struggled to link play with Ronaldo and Mason Greenwood. 

Cristiano Ronaldo – 5

Ronaldo made a number of runs early on but wasn’t found by his teammates early on. A frustrating night for United’s number seven. 

Mason Greenwood – 5

In the 45 minutes the 20-year-old played, Greenwood tried to get on the ball. However, just like Ronaldo, the forward wasn’t found.

Substitutes:

Edinson Cavani – 7 

The standout performer from an awfully bad group of performers. Cavani worked for things to happen but was failed by his teammates.

Jadon Sancho – 6 

Although Sancho losed the ball 14 times in the 45 minutes he played, the winger got on the ball and created opportunities for the strikers.

Nemanja Matic – N/A

Author: Aadam Haladh