Player Ratings: Man United 3-1 Newcastle – Rooney shines with two goals

by Richard Laverty

David De Gea 7 Solid game but had little to do. Made one good stop from Janmaat early on but could do nothing about Cisse’s late penalty.

Phil Jones 8 Could argue he deserved even higher but late clumsy foul blotted his copy book. One of his best performances since the early weeks of the season though, reassuring for supporters.

Patrick McNair 7 Once again rarely looked out of place and stopped a marauding run from Perez early in the game. Six wins from six starts for the youngster.

Jonny Evans 5 Not his worst performance of late but once again looked sloppy, went forward well but doesn’t give supporters much confidence at the back.

Antonio Valencia 5 Not his strongest performance of late. Did his defensive duties well enough again but lacked the attacking instinct shown against Liverpool.

Michael Carrick 6 Had a bit of a stinker in the first half but was back to his reassuring self as United strolled through the second half. Will get more of a test on Sunday.

Juan Mata 8 Great performance again. Two little pieces of magic set up the first two goals and looked calm and confident throughout. Supporters need to see it away from Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney 9 A few sloppy passes aside, Rooney was at his brilliant best. Did his defensive duties but popped up in the box with two goals before finishing it off with a delightful assist.

Ashley Young 8 Another strong performance in the wing-back position. Beat his man on several occasions, put in some good crosses and like Valencia, did his defensive duties well.

Radamel Falcao 6 A frustrating game for the striker. Movement and striker’s instinct were on show but failed to connect with several crosses. His play is good but will want to add consistent goals.

Robin van Persie 7 Not his best performance of late but still managed to add a goal to his impressive recent tally. Will want to be more involved overall on Sunday.

Substitutes

Darren Fletcher 5 Didn’t have much to do as United strolled late on. A few sloppy passes put United in danger and the Scot sadly still doesn’t look up to it.

James Wilson 5 Similarly to Fletcher, just didn’t get the chances to make an impact as his team mates were in cruise control.

Rafael N/A A welcome return to action for the Brazilian in a late cameo.

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