Marcus Rashford hits new low as rudderless Red Devils are completely outplayed & outfought
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Marcus Rashford hits new low as rudderless Red Devils are completely outplayed & outfought

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Erik ten Hag’s side came into the game desperate to atone for their hugely damaging Champions League draw with Galatasaray in midweek, in which Andre Onana made two dismal errors, but they simply couldn’t find a way to hurt Newcastle.

The Magpies raced out of the traps and had a dominant start, creating a multitude of chances. Kieran Trippier came closest, as he sent a brilliant 25-yard free-kick against the crossbar, with Andre Onana rooted to the spot.

It would get better for Newcastle, however, as just 10 minutes after the restart, Anthony Gordon scored the only goal of the game, as he ghosted in at the back post to finish Trippier’s cross.

United could not get out of their own half at times, and Marcus Rashford was particularly guilty, as he offered next to nothing in attack and barely tracked back to help the defence before being hooked on the hour.

Ten Hag’s side did have a late rally after Nick Pope injured his shoulder and was substituted, but it came to nothing, with an Antony goal ruled out after the ball bounced in off Harry Maguire, who was clearly offside.

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Andre Onana (6/10):

Made a superb early save from Almiron to settle any potential nerves. Rooted when Trippier hit the bar with a superb free-kick. Beaten all ends up by Gordon’s goal but kept the score down in a decent performance.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (4/10):

Struggled with the pace of Gordon and lost the winger at the back post before the opening goal. Did make a great block later on but failing to pick up Gordon for the goal ultimately cost United. Subbed for Reguilon with 10 minutes to go.

Harry Maguire (5/10):

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Constantly attempting to organise the backline. Put his body on the line where he could. Booked for a frustrated lunge and then managed to get in the way of Antony’s goalbound shot that would’ve been the equaliser.

Luke Shaw (6/10):

Stepped into midfield when he could and made some vital blocks. United’s best defender.

Diogo Dalot (4/10):

Did nothing to stop Newcastle’s rampant attacks and was pinned back throughout the game by the dynamism of Trippier.

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