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During Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Monday night, Cristiano Ronaldo could not hide his displeasure at teammate Marcus Rashford. In an absolutely dismal effort, the Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park.
During the first half of United’s dismal performance, superstar forward Ronaldo was visibly agitated.
The Portugal international received very little playing time as the relegation-threatened Toon dominated the game.
And Allan Saint-Maximin made them pay with a wonderful first goal, beating Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane from the edge of the box to score.
At one point, United was unable to move out of their own box, leaving Ronaldo as a spectator.
Rashford did find some space to play a pass to Ronaldo, but he overhit the ball, causing it to go out of play.
As he watched Newcastle retake control with a throw-in, Ronaldo flung his arms up and furiously yelled at his teammate.
Throughout the game, the 36-year-old became increasingly angry, but the Rashford pass was certainly the tip of the iceberg. Ronaldo wasn’t the only one who was annoyed with United’s first-half performance; club great Gary Neville called them “winge-bags.”
He said on Sky Sports: “You don’t want to go overboard in the sense that they’ve been off for 16 days, they’ve obviously got a new manager in and they’re trying to get used to a new system.
“The balance of the team isn’t right. I was worried after Norwich. There’s no pressing. There’s no urgency.