Watch: Man Utd’s Cristiano Ronaldo avoids red card for wild tackle

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo during the draw at Newcastle United, St James' Park, December 2021.

Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t have his finest game as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Monday evening – and the legendary striker was lucky to avoid being sent off for his tackle on Ryan Fraser.

United were fortunate to escape with a draw against their relegation haunted-opponents after a second-half equaliser from substitute Edinson Cavani cancelled out a superb opener from Allan Saint-Maximin.

Ronaldo was peripheral throughout the game and was seen making his anger clear with a series of frustrated gestures when he didn’t receive the ball from team-mates.

And his simmering frustration boiled over with a wild attempt to win the ball from Scotsman Fraser during the second half.

Eyeing the opportunity to win a 50/50 challenge, Ronaldo attempted to regain possession but ended up taking a wild swipe at the ball that left Fraser in a crumpled heap on the floor.

The 36-year-old was booked but can count himself lucky not to have received a stricter punishment.

“He caught a glancing blow on Ryan Fraser but he was off his feet and missed the ball,” Pat Nevin told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Cristiano takes enough hits himself but when your team is in trouble do not take risks like that, so he got a bit lucky.

“The referees are letting it flow a bit more and I prefer that but that was right on the edge and some referees would’ve gone further.”

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