Manchester United were certainly poor vs Newcastle United but one stat stands out as the worst of them all and will certainly concern Ralf Rangnick.
The German boss witnessed his disappointing players scrape a 1-1 draw against one of the worst teams in the league.
Allan Saint-Maximin produced as many shots on target as the entire Man Utd team combined this evening (4). pic.twitter.com/z4BvsiLpHK
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“Allan Saint-Maximin produced as many shots on target as the entire Man Utd team combined this evening (4).”
The stat above comes despite United maintaining around 70% possession and despite Rangnick making half-time substitutions in a bid to change the tie.
At the time, the Red Devils were 1-0 down and didn’t seem capable of turning around the tie at all.
Luckily Cavani grabbed the equaliser after the team stumbled their way into a good and desperately needed opportunity.
Rangnick has been busy discussing how he wants his players to maintain control of ties more often and to keep their defensive solidity.
Unfortunately the performance left many fans questioning what the team were doing during their Covid-enforced break.
Manchester United had a long time to prepare for the match and instead of looking fresh, they looked rusty and indecisive.
The shots on target stat is especially disappointing given how United play with a front four capable of the spectacular.