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Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle and Manchester United at St James' Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle and Manchester United at St James' Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle and Manchester United at St James' Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gary Neville suggested four senior Manchester United players are letting their side down after another lacklustre performance ended with a 1-1 draw against relegation-haunted Newcastle.

Edinson Cavani came off the bench to get Manchester United out of jail at Newcastle on a night when they were branded "a bunch of whinge-bags" by United legend Neville.

Cavani's 71st-minute equaliser at St James’ Park salvaged a 1-1 draw after Allan Saint-Maximin’s early strike had threatened to hand the struggling Magpies just their second Premier League win of the season.

The result leaves United off the pace in the battle to seal a top four finish in the Premier League and Neville suggested four of their senior stars - including Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes - are not showing the leadership qualities required for new manager Ralf Rangnick.

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Gary Neville called Manchester United’s players “a bunch of whinge-bags” (Nick Potts/PA)

Gary Neville called Manchester United’s players “a bunch of whinge-bags” (Nick Potts/PA)

Gary Neville called Manchester United’s players “a bunch of whinge-bags” (Nick Potts/PA)

"We talk about body language," he told Sky Sports. "We talked about it early in the season when Ronaldo ran off at the end of the Everton game. He's run off again tonight. He ran off at Watford when everyone knew the manager was going to get the sack. And at Norwich.

"At the end of the day, I love that lad (Ronaldo), he's the best I've ever seen in my life at times, but don't run off like that. I'm not having that.

"There's Fernandes whinging, too. They're the two senior players. It's devastating for younger players when the two best players are looking at every other player like they're not good enough.

"The two centre-backs were poor at the back (Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire). Maguire is having a nightmare season. You've got to be there when your team-mates need you in those moments.

"You have to be ready and able to win those direct duels and this was not that often the case. When we were in possession we had too many giveaways and even with the goal, that doesn't make things easy.

"Today was not a question of body language, it was a question of body physicality. If you want to be competitive here you have to get physical and this was not the case in many parts of the game.

"Our biggest problem was the mistakes we made. Even when we scored the equaliser we were not really controlling the game and taking the right decisions.

"We were one goal behind and we needed to take more risks. In some situations, including the goal, we were good and with Edinson we had another striker who was dangerous.

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Edinson Cavani’s goal earned Manchester United a point (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Edinson Cavani’s goal earned Manchester United a point (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Edinson Cavani’s goal earned Manchester United a point (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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"Today it was not a question of formation - it was a question of how aggressive we were.

"In three days we have the next game. We can do better but we have to do it.

"We shouldn't look for excuses - we need to be better and get more physical. I was not happy with our performance with the ball or when we had to press.

"What kind of energy mode do we play with the ball and without the ball?"

United's interim manager Ralf Rangnick was also disappointed with his side's performance, as they nearly conceded a late goal as Newcastle hit the post as they pushed for a winner.

"I didn't like the performance at all," he said. "Today we didn't control the game apart from a few moment. It's all about energy, physicality and who wins the second balls. In all those areas we weren't at our best.

"You have to be ready and able to win those direct duels and this was not that often the case. When we were in possession we had too many giveaways and even with the goal, that doesn't make things easy.

"Today was not a question of body language, it was a question of body physicality. If you want to be competitive here you have to get physical and this was not the case in many parts of the game.

"Our biggest problem was the mistakes we made. Even when we scored the equaliser we were not really controlling the game and taking the right decisions."

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