Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score an equaliser for an out-of-sorts Manchester United and dash Newcastle’s hopes of a priceless second win of the Premier League season.
The Uruguayan was introduced after an error-strewn and at times shambolically poor first half from the visitors, during which they conspired to partly gift Allan Saint-Maximin the opening goal.
Cavani immediately added greater threat to a blunt attack, side-footing one effort wide before finding the net at the third time of asking with a poked shot from inside the box.
It was cruel on Newcastle, who defended with determination and counter-attacked with intensity to produce their finest display of the campaign at a vociferous St James’ Park.
Had Saint-Maximin followed up his superb first-half run and finish with cleaner contact on a shot from point-blank range soon after the break, or Jacob Murphy’s late effort found net instead of post, the home side would likely have the victory they deserved.
David de Gea must also take some credit courtesy of a number of superb saves, none better than the one-handed tip over to deny Miguel Almiron’s follow-up drive following the Murphy shot.
The point is scant reward for the Magpies and leaves them 19th on 11 points, two from safety but having played more games than all their rivals – and four more than Burnley in 18th.
Cavani’s goal ensured that Ralf Rangnick did not suffer a first loss as interim Red Devils boss, but the point does not help them hugely in their quest for a top-four spot.
They have games in hand on those above them, but are seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
To add to Newcastle’s sense of injustice they also lost influential forwards Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson to injury during the game.
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Squad number1Player nameDúbravka
Squad number17Player nameKrafth
Squad number5Player nameSchär
Squad number6Player nameLascelles
Squad number19Player nameManquillo
Squad number21Player nameFraser
Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff
Squad number8Player nameShelvey
Squad number7Player nameJoelinton
Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin
Squad number9Player nameWilson
Squad number23Player nameMurphy
Squad number24Player nameAlmirón
Squad number34Player nameGayle
Squad number21Player nameCavani
Squad number25Player nameSancho
Squad number31Player nameMatic
- 17KrafthBooked at 66mins
- 19ManquilloBooked at 90mins
- 21FraserSubstituted forAlmirónat 75′minutes
- 36S Longstaff
- 7JoelintonBooked at 70mins
- 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forGayleat 83′minutes
- 9WilsonSubstituted forMurphyat 45+6′minutes
- 1de Gea
- 5MaguireBooked at 68mins
- 39McTominaySubstituted forMaticat 78′minutes
- 17FredSubstituted forSanchoat 45′minutes
- 18Bruno FernandesBooked at 66mins
- 11GreenwoodSubstituted forCavaniat 45′minutes
- 7Cristiano RonaldoBooked at 57mins
- 34van de Beek
- Craig Pawson
Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Manchester United 1.
Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Manchester United 1.
Offside, Manchester United. Jadon Sancho tries a through ball, but Edinson Cavani is caught offside.
Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jadon Sancho.
Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United).
Attempt blocked. Joelinton (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by David de Gea.
Attempt saved. Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.
Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dwight Gayle.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Dwight Gayle replaces Allan Saint-Maximin because of an injury.
Offside, Manchester United. Bruno Fernandes tries a through ball, but Jadon Sancho is caught offside.
Substitution, Manchester United. Nemanja Matic replaces Scott McTominay because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Alex Telles with a cross.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Miguel Almirón replaces Ryan Fraser.
Attempt saved. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Goal! Newcastle United 1, Manchester United 1. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Dalot with a cross.
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