NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom: Edinson Cavani saved Manchester United after returning from a COVID-19 problem when the Uruguay striker secured a 1-1 draw with struggling Newcastle just moments ago.
Ralf Rangnick’s side fell behind after Allan Saint-Maximin’s early goal and were overshadowed by opponents in most of the competition at St James’ Park.
But Cavani came off the bench to score his first goal since October in the second half to avoid Rangnick’s first defeat in four opening games as United’s acting manager.
United remain seventh in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth -placed Arsenal with two games remaining.
Rangnick has won his first two league games since taking over following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but his side’s performances have not been convincing and it has been featured once again.
United have the reason for the COVID-19 contagion that has forced them to be inactive in the 16 days since the 1-0 win at Norwich on 11 December.
Their matches against Brentford and Brighton were postponed with the club’s training center closed for four days.
Yet regardless of the turmoil caused by COVID-19, Rangnick certainly knows United must change dramatically if they want to secure a place in the top four.
Newcastle, who are in the bottom two, ended a three -game losing streak with the most convincing performance in eight games led by Eddie Howe.