Substitute Edinson Cavani came off the bench to save the Red Devils from hellish defeat against Newcastle United on Monday night.
United had not played for 16 days and their rustiness showed minutes into the game when they went behind just after seven minutes when Allan Saint-Maximin bagged his fourth goal of the season.
Raphaël Varane was caught in possession by Sean Longstaff who then played in the Frenchman to poke the ball into the bottom corner after he danced past two United defenders inside the box.
Backed by the home crowd, Newcastle was in the top gear and were unlucky to double their lead when Jonjo Shelvey forced David de Gea into a superb save.
19 – Newcastle have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League this season (19).
Indeed, they have only won one of the nine league games in which they have scored first in this season (D5 L3).
Sensing danger, United manager Ralf Rangnik made a double change at the interval where Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho were brought in for Mason Greenwood and Fred but it was Saint-Maximin who missed a golden opportunity to double Newcastle’s lead at the start of the second with the winger failing to make proper contact with the ball and De Gea was able to palm away.
The miss was to be punished as Cavani restored parity with 19 minutes left on the clock and while a lot will be said about the point, it was De Gea who was to save United from going behind again after pulling a stunning save to deny Miguel Almirón late on.