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London (AFP) – Lacking inspiration and physical condition after more than a fortnight without playing because of the Covid-19, Manchester United won the draw on Monday (1-1) on the lawn of Newcastle thanks to the winning entry from Edinson Cavani.

An obvious loss of pace after the postponement of their last two meetings against Brentford and Brighton and the good performance of Allan Saint-Maximim on the Newcastle side, however, slowed down the Mancuniens (7th) who miss the opportunity to get closer to the Top 5 Premier League.

“I’m not worried about the physical condition of the team. They seem to be in great shape,” reassured Ralf Rangnick ahead of the trip to the Magpies pitch.

But the German technician could only see that his people would surely need time to get back on track, jostled from start to finish by a Newcastle team admittedly in difficulty in the standings (19th), but showing more ‘envy in the game and which could even have won at the end of the meeting on a huge double opportunity.

Allan Saint-Maximin was the most striking symbol of this. The ex-Niçois hurt United’s defense with his energy.

On a poor assessment in front of Longstaff of the French defender Raphaël Varane, in difficulty for his return after more than a month of injury, Saint-Maximin recovered the ball and managed from the entry of the surface, and in imbalance, to lodge the leather in the left net of De Gea (7th).

Constantly active, the Magpies winger even thought of giving his team a break before the break (38 ‘) thanks to a superb job, but Wilson’s goal was ultimately called off for offside. Finally, he was slightly surprised in front of goal by a strong cross from Krafth after the break, and his shot on target in the 72nd found De Gea’s gloves.

Faced with the lack of offensive creativity of his own, Rangnick then chose to bring in Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho at the start of the second period.

For a time neither the Uruguayan international (56th), nor Cristiano Ronaldo, very few in sight on Monday night (52nd) managed to frame, while the heavy strike from Marcus Rashford was repelled by Dubravka (49th).

But on finally clean action, Diogo Dalot’s cross found Cavani who, like a hard-nosed boxer at the penalty spot, went twice to save the Red Devils.

Proof of the Mancunian difficulties, Newcastle could have gone for the victory at the end of the meeting on a huge double occasion. But after a post, the recovery of Almiron was barely postponed by De Gea, in form him.

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