One shot, 22 touches; Emmanuel Riviere's struggles continue against Manchester United

St James Park

Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere was handed a start against Manchester United on Wednesday, but again failed to impress.

Newcastle United's poor form under John Carver continued on Wednesday night, with a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United.

The Magpies were resilient for large parts of the game, but a slapstick bunch of errors from Mehdi Abeid and Tim Krul presented Ashley Young with an open goal, and he gave United all three points at St. James' Park.

Carver has now won just two of his nine games in charge since Alan Pardew's departure, and with every passing week it looks even less likely that he'll be given the chance to manage Newcastle next season too.

Against United, Carver chose to hand a start to summer signing Emmanuel Riviere, who is still yet to find the net for Newcastle in the Premier League since his move from Monaco.

The 25-year-old has started just nine games this season, but was handed the chance to impress against United alongside Papiss Cisse in attack - here are some stats from his performance.

  PositionTeamShotsShots on targetTouchesPossession LostMins Played
Emmanuel Rivière FW Newcastle 1 1 22 7 59

As you can see, Riviere's dismal time in England continued against United, as he touched the ball just 22 times in almost an hour on the pitch before being substituted for Ayoze Perez.

With just one shot on goal, Riveire posed little threat to the United goal, and whilst that one shot was on target, Newcastle need more from the Frenchman.

Riviere also lost possession seven times in just 59 minutes, which is concerning when the Magpies need to keep the ball in the final third of the pitch.

Riviere's performance again proved that he isn't quite ready to be considered a starter for Newcastle, and Carver really should be putting Perez back into the starting line-up from now on.

One side note from the game is that Riveire should have been awarded a penalty in the first half having been clipped by Chris Smalling, when he showed good movement to get away from the United defender.

It often takes players some time to adjust to Premier League football, and having scored regularly in France, maybe that's the case with Riviere rather than him simply being not good enough.

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