Arguing and complaints to the referee were the highlights of Manchester United’s offensive force in the first half against Newcastle United on Monday evening.
Bruno Fernandes’ constant moaning at each and every decision made by Craig Pawson eventually led to a yellow card in the second half — meaning he will miss United’s game against Burnley on Thursday.
Cristiano Ronaldo was up in arms on multiple occasions when the ball failed to make its way to him, but didn’t cover himself in glory when he did find himself in possession either. Meanwhile the defensive unit was anything but a unit, and were constantly making mistakes throughout the first half.
“They’re a bunch of whinge-bags” Gary Neville said at half-time on Sky Sports, attempting to describe the United team.
The first half performance forced Ralf Rangnick’s hand, and he brought on both Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho at half-time for Fred and Mason Greenwood — although any player on the pitch would’ve felt lucky to say on the field on play.
It wasn’t long after half-time that Rashford sent a left-footed cross straight into the stands. An awful attempt left Ronaldo and Bruno turning in disgust, however it was Cavani that went over to United’s no.10 to encourage him after the failed cross. An alien concept for some of the team on the night.
Cavani was constantly on the move and trying to help make things happen for a team that was shot for ideas and confidence throughout. He was on the end of three good chances, and was able to covert to equaliser on 71 minutes.
While he failed to add to his goal, Cavani’s movement and effort in the final third was more inspiring than any of the other United forwards through the entire game.
This is a player who has been reportedly looking for a move away from the club, with Barcelona’s interest known. However, no matter how you view that, it’s no question that Cavani leaves everything on the pitch every time he steps onto it.
Maybe, his teammates could learn a thing or two, and should focus on helping the team win football matches rather than arguing with each other and the referee.
When you’re looking at the best teams in Europe, particularly Manchester City and Liverpool, there’s no time for bickering in teams that press more intensely than United and attack with more conviction than United.
The dreadful attitude of the team was probably the standout from the game against Newcastle, and it isn’t a new entity.
There are many things that need to improve, but Edinson Cavani showed his fellow teammates the correct demeanour to have on the pitch; even if he may not be at the club in a months time.