Man Utd pick up unwanted record during dismal performance against Newcastle

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Manchester United set out a performance against Newcastle that has been comparatively put against some of the torrid displays under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and along the way, they earned themselves an unwanted record.

During the encounter on Monday night, they lost possession 167 times. It’s the highest amount they have been dispossessed during an encounter of any league game this season, but of course what makes it remarkably worse was that it was against a side who sits 19th in the Premier League table and have so far only won a single game.

According to The Athletic, the next highest for United was 160 times at Watford, the 4-1 drubbing at Vicarage Road that turned out to be Solskjaer’s final match as manager.

Setting up in the 4-2-2-2 formation against a zestful Magpies, it was apparent once again that the system is delivering concerns rather than anything else, with United showing way too much vulnerability when being overloaded on the flanks by opposition.

Newcastle, contrastingly spirited by Eddie Howe's fresh blueprint, looked the most likely to score throughout, despite their side being plighted with injury and their two greatest attacking assets – Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maxmin – being taken off during the proceedings owing to injury.

The latter scored the opening goal with shuffling run and finish, and should’ve doubled the score later on but could only gift David de Gea an easy catch.

Edison Cavani's unassuming poke inside the box in the second half found its way through and provided the away side an underserved goal and the game ended a point apiece.

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The display will be acutely worrying for the Red Devils. Cristiano Ronaldo did not do anything remotely remarkable other than drawing a yellow for a very questionable lunge to Ryan Fraser, as United remained pedestrian and lacking in every regard right until the end.

Without the post and David de Gea in the dying embers of the game, United would have gone home with their tail between their legs entirely.

Ralf Rangnick may have to rethink his system – or least the pawns who are supposed to work it – or face the prospect of reaching further unwanted markers.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • David de Gea
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Sir Alex Ferguson
  • Premier League
  • Manchester United FC
  • Newcastle United FC

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