Manchester United player ratings v Newcastle: Lethal Rooney and masterful Mata

Rooney V Cardiff

A Wayne Rooney double and a goal from Robin van Persie helped Manchester United to an emphatic 3-1 win over Newcastle.

Manchester United continued their impressive run of form by easing past Newcastle and Wayne Rooney was the star of the show at Old Trafford.

Rooney's first-half brace more or less put the game beyond doubt and when Robin van Persie made it 3-0 shortly after the break, Newcastle looked visibly deflated.

The visitors did pull a goal back when Papiss Cisse expertly converted a penalty three minutes from time after Jack Colback was brought down by Phil Jones, but it was much too little, much too late for Alan Pardew's men.

It was a dominant display from United, who consolidate their position in third and get back to winning ways after a disappointing draw with Aston Villa.

Here are our player ratings for Manchester United's stars this afternoon.

De Gea – 7.5

Made a fantastic and crucial save to deny Janmaat at 0-0. Otherwise solid enough.

McNair – 7

A very creditable performance, looked confident and calm in centre of back three.

Evans – 8

Not just authoritative at the back but also looked assured coming forward.

Jones – 6.5

Powerful in the air but marred his evening when he clattered Colback to concede the penalty.

Rooney – 9

This was the very best of Wayne Rooney, ever present in everything United created and lethal when the chances fell. Two goals and an assist.

Young – 8.5

Excellent again in a wing-back role, provided some great crosses for Falcao.

Valencia – 7

Not his most memorable game but did his defensive duties well.

Mata – 8.5

A great game, full of life and linking up very well with Rooney suggesting great promise in that partnership for the future.

Carrick – 7

Did some good work, not spectacular but helped create a base for others.

Van Persie – 7.5

Newcastle's defence hated his movement and he got the goal he deserved.

Falcao – 7

There are two ways of looking at Falcao's afternoon - on one hand he regularly got into acres of space in dangerous positions, on the other he squandered a potential hat-trick of chances. When the goals start coming they could flow rapidly.

SUBS:

Fletcher (62 minutes) – 6

Made a mistake to let Ayoze Perez in but otherwise good.

Wilson (65 minutes) – 6

Lots of energy, not that much final product.

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