Final EPL Table & Review After Yesterday’s Games As Man United Drop Vital Points In The Title Race
Manchester United grabbed a hard-fought point against an enthusiastic Newcastle side at St James’ Park on Monday night thanks to Edinson Cavani’s second-half equalizer.
Newcastle took the lead early in the first half thanks to Allan Saint-excellent Maximin’s finish, but Cavani, who had been out since the beginning of November due to injury, came off the bench to equalize after the break.
David De Gea came to the Reds’ rescue once again, making a run of crucial saves, including an unbelievable fingertip save from Miguel Almiron late in the game.
Newcastle started the first session the faster of the two teams, and they were up 1-0 after just seven minutes. In midfield, Sean Longstaff dispossessed Raphael Varane before feeding Saint-Maximin, who cut inside and shot past De Gea.
The hosts kept up the pressure, with Saint-risky Maximin’s ball eluding Callum Wilson, and Joelinton’s shot from outside the box going just wide of the post.
After United withstood the early storm, the Reds began to respond, but they missed the final ball on numerous times. Ralf Rangnick’s team, on the other hand, created more clear-cut chances after the first 45 minutes.
Bruno Fernandes’ cross was diverted to the back post, but Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to connect with a left-footed volley.
Despite United’s control, the Magpies believed they had extended their lead after 38 minutes when Wilson scored after a mazy run by Saint-Maximin, but the goal was correctly called out for offside.
Greenwood seemed to have equalized for the Reds only two minutes later after a well-worked free-kick, but Martin Dubravka was able to clear and keep Newcastle’s lead going into the second half.
The hosts almost started the second half the same way they started the first, with a goal, but De Gea made a spectacular save to deny Saint-Maximin from close range.
Despite United’s second-half improvement, Newcastle remained a threat on the counterattack, with De Gea saving attempts from Ryan Fraser and Saint-Maximin.
Rangnick’s troops were rewarded for their pressure on 71 minutes, as Cavani from a Diogo Dalot cross at the second attempt.
A few minutes later, the Uruguayan came close to scoring his and United’s second goal, but his dinked attempt from close range was cleared before it crossed the line.
As the game progressed, the hosts increased their pressure. With three minutes remaining, Jacob Murphy’s shot was deflected off the post before De Gea produced yet another brilliant fingertip save to prevent Almiron’s curling effort from settling in the top corner.
Burnley visits Old Trafford on Thursday night for the Reds, who still have two games in hand.
Here is how the Premier League table looks like after yesterday’s game: