Manchester United player ratings vs Newcastle

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The Premier League champions slipped to a 1-0 home defeat for the second time in a week on Saturday.

Manchester United’s Premier League title defence looks set to be unsuccessful after David Moyes’ men slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday at Old Trafford.

A Yohan Cabaye goal was enough to see the hosts beaten on home soil for the second time in a week, in a frustrating afternoon for the Manchester side.

Here are the individual player ratings for the United players from the game.

David De Gea – 6/10

The Spanish goalkeeper could do nothing about Newcastle’s goal, but did little to command his backline. A number of skewed kicks gave away possession needlessly.

Rafael – 6/10

Still looks like he is getting back to full fitness and found Davide Santon a tough opponent. Did little to threaten going forward, and was wasteful with his delivery.

Nemanja Vidic – 7/10

One of United’s better players, the Serbian centre-half put in a number of crucial tackles and interceptions.

Jonny Evans – 6/10

Not one of the Northern Irish defender’s better days, as his positioning at times was questionable.

Patrice Evra – 4/10

The French defender looked like a real weak link in the United defence, and was repeatedly exposed by Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy. A classic case to suggest that Leighton Baines’ signature is needed.

Nani – 5/10

Lacked any real cutting edge when in possession and crossed the ball aimlessly at times. Also devoid of desire in 50-50 challenges.

Phil Jones – 6/10

The defender-come-midfielder is a solid enforcer in front of his side’s back four, but looks slightly out of sorts when United has the ball. Put in the work, but lacks the quality to play in midfield in a 4-4-2 system.

Tom Cleverley – 5/10

Had a number of shooting opportunities in the first-half but failed to take them, and was one-dimensional in possession.

Adnan Januzaj – 7/10

Looked the most likely to make something happen and was tricky in possession. Put in a number of quality deliveries and deserves to retain his place in the side.

Robin van Persie – 6/10

Looked rusty upon his return to the side, and missed the creative presence of Wayne Rooney. More suited in the number nine role than number ten.

Javier Hernandez – 6/10

Had one sight of goal but drove a shot straight at Tim Krul. The Mexican showed some good runs off the ball, but was largely second best all afternoon.

Substitutes

Anderson – 6/10

Tried to add energy to the United midfield but was guilty of misplacing passes and couldn’t make much of an influence on proceedings.

Wifried Zaha – 5/10

A brief cameo, Zaha had one shot that drifted wide but did not do much with the ball at his feet.

Antonio Valencia – brought on too late to have any say in avoiding defeat.

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