Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United welcomed Newcastle United to Previous Trafford for his or her English Premier League gameweek 9 conflict on Sunday afternoon (October 16). The Pink Devils regarded sluggish over the course of the match and ended up settling for a hapless goalless draw with the Magpies.
Sunday’s stalemate has left Manchester United in fifth place within the Premier League standings with 16 factors from 9 matches. They’re at the moment 11 factors behind league leaders Arsenal (recreation in hand) and three behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
The Pink Devils loved a bustling begin to the sport, with them dispatching their first shot, through Fred, contained in the opening 5 minutes. Sadly, for the hosts, the Brazilian’s effort was effectively huge of the mark.
After seeing off United’s early enthusiasm, Newcastle United courageously put their our bodies ahead. Within the tenth minute, Callum Wilson drew a problem from Raphael Varane contained in the United field. The guests appealed strongly for a penalty, however the referee remained unmoved.
Within the twenty fourth minute, Kieran Trippier discovered Joelinton contained in the field with a curling cross. The Brazilian first rattled the bar after which hit the submit with back-to-back headers earlier than seeing the ball exit of play. The ensuing nook was handled simply by Manchester United’s defenders.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a few alternatives within the first half however was caught offside on each events. He discovered the again of the online three minutes into the second half, however the purpose was unsurprisingly chalked off for offside. Within the 52nd minute, Bruno Fernandes squared the ball off to Ronaldo in an encouraging space. The state of affairs was learn promptly by Trippier, who knocked Ronaldo off steadiness and stored him from pulling the set off.
A couple of minutes later, Jadon Sancho dashed into Newcastle United’s penalty space and confronted a harsh problem from Sean Longstaff. VAR checked for a potential penalty however discovered the problem to be truthful. A few minutes earlier than the full-time whistle, Fred had a golden alternative to interrupt the impasse. Nonetheless, with the purpose gaping in entrance of him, the Brazilian ended up dragging his effort huge of the mark.
It was an underwhelming efficiency by Manchester United, with them ending the evening with solely two pictures on track. Listed below are 5 gamers who didn’t reside up to speed towards Eddie Howe’s crew on Sunday:
#5 Luke Shaw
Left-back Luke Shaw endured a quiet encounter on Sunday afternoon. Whereas he was first rate on the again, his attacking play left so much to be desired. He hardly ever dashed upfield, usually shedding possession, and his supply was nowhere as threatening as United wanted it to be.
Towards the Magpies, Shaw misplaced 5 of eight duels, ceded possession 18 occasions, misplaced 12 of 58 passes, and failed in his solely dribble try.
Manchester United’s marquee ahead Antony was not at his finest on Sunday. His actions have been usually simply tracked by Daniel Burn, his distribution was poor, and his link-up play was additionally removed from passable.
Antony misplaced all six of his crosses, misplaced possession 16 occasions, failed on two of his three dribble makes an attempt, and each his tried lengthy balls have been off beam. It was certainly one of his least influential performances since his switch from Ajax.
#3 Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes as soon as once more reduce a irritating determine on the high of the Pink Devils’ midfield. The Portugal worldwide’s actions have been predictable as he didn’t catch the opposition out along with his distribution and infrequently regarded out of concepts within the last third. To high it off, he dedicated a slipshod deal with on Bruno Guimaraes within the sixty fifth minute, choosing up a reserving.
On Sunday, Fernandes misplaced 4 of his 5 tried crosses, couldn’t lodge a single shot on track, and misplaced possession 15 occasions.
One of the skilled midfielders on the crew, Fred lacked composure, agility, and intelligence towards Newcastle United on Sunday. He squandered two very first rate alternatives to attain, first within the third minute, then once more within the 88th minute. He additionally misplaced possession cheaply, was weak within the duels, and dedicated a few fouls.
The Brazil worldwide misplaced 9 of 12 duels, ceded possession 16 occasions, and didn’t lodge any pictures on track (4 makes an attempt). Given how poorly he carried out, he was fortunate to have the ability to end the sport.
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo
Every week after scoring his 700th membership profession purpose (2-1 win over Everton), Cristiano Ronaldo produced a horrendous efficiency within the pink jersey. He was hesitant to take defenders on, usually dropped too deep, and was caught offside method too usually, seeing a purpose disallowed.
The Portuguese famous person made solely 11 correct passes (57.9% accuracy), had only one shot (off beam), and misplaced the one aerial duel he contested for. The ahead was additionally booked for attempting to steal Newcastle’s free kick and discovering the again of the online within the forty ninth minute.