Newcastle player ratings vs Manchester United

Coloccini And Williamson

Alan Pardew’s men won at Old Trafford for the first time in over 40 years on Saturday, in a 1-0 victory.

A Yohan Cabaye goal was enough to see Newcastle record a memorable 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The victory was the first time the St James’ Park side had won in over 40 years against United in Manchester, and was treated with delight by the travelling support.

Here are the Newcastle player ratings for the game.

Tim Krul – 7/10

Made a smart save from Hernandez early in the second half and did everything asked of him without being overly troubled.

Davide Santon – 7/10

Got joy going forward and always looked relatively comfortable against United’s wingers – another solid performance by the Italian.

Fabricio Coloccini – 9/10 – Man of the Match

Newcastle’s talisman put in a commanding performance of the highest order, breaking up opposition play at will. Some critical interceptions and blocks were backed up by dominance in the air. Great performance.

Mike Williamson – 8/10

Looked very solid alongside Coloccini and put his body on the line when needed. An unsung hero of the side’s good recent form.

Mathieu Debuchy – 9/10

The France international barely put a foot wrong all afternoon, with superb positional sense at the back. A real threat going forward also, Debuchy repeatedly got in behind countryman Patrice Evra.

Cheick Tiote – 7/10

A no-nonsense showing from the Ivorian enforcer, he did his bit to break up United’s attacks and win the ball back. Relatively confident on the ball also.

Vurnon Anita – 7/10

A hard-working display from the former Ajax midfielder, Anita played his part in Newcastle having large chunks of the ball and looked tidy in possession. Worked hard when United had it too.

Yohan Cabaye – 7/10

Popped up with the decisive goal, and showed United’s midfield just what they are missing; industry, good movement and a range of passing.

Yoan Gouffran – 6/10

A slightly underwhelming performance from the French winger, Gouffran was guilty of coughing up possession in the first half.

Moussa Sissoko – 8/10

A constant threat down Newcastle’s right, Sissoko’s direct approach saw him as one of Newcastle’s key protagonists. Also showed good positional sense to drift in-field when needed and covered for Debuchy when the full-back got forward.

Loic Remy – 6/10

A hard-working display from the striker, but he was not afforded a chance to show off his lethal finishing abilities.

Substitutes

Hatem Ben Arfa – 7/10

Kept the ball well when he came on in the second-half, and offered Newcastle a shot in the arm with his creativity and skill.

Shola Ameobi – Worked hard but did not have the required time to make much of an impact.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Covered for Debuchy well when the first-choice full-back hobbled off injured.

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