Man United 0 Newcastle 1: Player ratings

Man United 0 Newcastle 1: Player ratings as the Magpies seal their first victory at Old Trafford since 1972

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United
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Newcastle
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Manchester United

David De Gea Saved two efforts from Debuchy to ensure United entered half time level but could do nothing with Cabaye’s goal. 6/10

Rafael Looked a more natural option at right back but never really got forward in the attacking manner that he has previously shown. 5

Jonny Evans Assisted in keeping Newcastle quiet for much of the game and handled most attacks with confidence and maturity. 6

Nemanja Vidic Uncompromising and solid as ever, though might have preformed better at set pieces. 6

Patrice Evra Wasn’t his best defensive performance but was unlucky not to score in the second half when his header was denied by the post. 5

Nani Looked out of his depth for much of the game and contributed little to the team when attacking. 5

Phil Jones Protected United’s back line well, which freed up his fellow midfielders to be more an attacking element for the team. 6

Tom Cleverley Added very little to United’s game either in defence or attack and was rightly substituted in the second half. 5

Adnan Januzaj The 18-year-old’s pace and endless ambition to attack made him a threat throughout – perhaps if the forwards were a little sharper, he might have contributed to a goal. 7

Javier Hernandez His boundless energy was a plus but he failed to find a clinical finishing for any of the half-chances he had. 5

Robin van Persie Despite his headed goal that was rightly ruled offside, he appeared a shadow of the player that was scoring freely before his injury and didn’t look physically ready for a competitive match. 5

Substitutes

Wilfried Zaha Failed to show the flair and creativity that earned him the move to Old Trafford but never really had an opportunity to do so. 5

Anderson Injected an urgency and drive that was lacking in the midfield but couldn’t create anything that was a real threat to Newcastle. 5

Antonio Valencia Was given little time to affect the game and the few crosses he did make were of little quality. 5

Newcastle

Tim Krul Had almost nothing to do in the first half but dealt with everything that United threw at him in the second. 6

Mathieu Debuchy Did well to better fellow Frenchman Evra up and down the wing and had two good efforts just before half time. 7

Mike Williamson Typical no-nonsense performance and Alan Pardew couldn’t have expected any more or less from him. 7

Fabricio Coloccini Another brave, faultless display and the Argentine will be pleased to have led Newcastle to another clean sheet. 7

Davide Santon Struggled to contain Januzaj for moments in the game but did little else wrong. 6

Yohan Cabaye Finished calmly for the opening goal after fading in and out of the play for most of the game. 7

Cheick Tiote His powerful presence in the midfield walked the thin line between fair and illegal but steadied Newcastle at times and proved very important. 7

Vurnon Anita Coming in as the only change from the defeat at Swansea, he tightened up the midfield and made it difficult for the opposition to create anything through the middle. 6

Moussa Sissoko Was lucky to receive the ball which led to the opening goal but the pass was perfect and capped off his performance after being involved in most of Newcastle’s good play. 7

Loîc Remy Struggled to impact the game up top on his own but was willing to chase down loss causes and hold the ball up when needed. 7

Yoan Gouffran Will be disappointed that he couldn’t build on his recent good form and was replaced in he second half after having a very quiet game. 5

Substitutes

Hatem Ben Arfa Never showed his true ability, which was feared throughout the Premier League earlier in the season, but nevertheless will be pleased to return from injury. 5

Shola Ameobi Had little impact in the time he was on the pitch but his physical presence would have helped Newcastle in the game’s last moments. 5

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa N/A

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