Manchester United strolled to 3-1 victory against Newcastle United on this Boxing Day afternoon at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney produced a midfield masterclass as the Red Devils cruised past their lacklustre opposition to maintain their hold on third place in the Premier League. This was another impressive showing for the Old Trafford outfit, who continue to improve under Louis van Gaal.
Starring as the central figure of the Dutchman's defensive three, Paddy McNair gave a fantastic account of himself. The 18-year-old cut a composed figure playing alongside Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, with Michael Carrick offering further protection from the midfield.
|Team||Tackles||Interceptions||Clearances||Passes||Pass Accuracy (%)||Aerial Won||Blocks||Touches|
|Patrick McNair||Man Utd||3||1||4||63||94||1||0||75|
McNair maintained his own personal winning streak with an assured defensive display - following this victory the Red Devils have won all six matches in which the Northern Irish youngster has started. Here he won a match-best six tackles and one headed duel, while weighing in with one interception and four clearances.
He accumulated 75 touches - the 4th highest of any Manchester United player - and, despite his relative inexperience, its fair to say he looked confident in possession. His distribution proved as efficient as always, as he completed an impressive 93.7% of his attempted passes; a total only bettered by three of his team-mates.
It was another impressive performance from the teenager, who has achieved the incredible feat of becoming one of the club's most reliant central defenders, despite being just 19 years of age. His form this season will certainly have given Louis van Gaal reason for future optimism.