Five things learned from Manchester United victory against Newcastle United

Falcao celebrates

What can Manchester United learn from the win against Newcastle United.

Manchester United won again yesterday, defeating Newcastle United 3-1 at Old Trafford. So what was learned from the performance.

Here are five lessons learned...

Falcao more than just a goalscorer

When the Colombian was signed by Manchester United in the summer his injury troubles were a major concern.

However he is a natural goalscorer, a talent never lost to a great striker.

But yesterday he showed that he is far more than just a goalscorer. He set up the opener with a determined assist and his tackle started the move for the second goal. His link up play and all round skill-set is superb and he certainly brings more than just goals to the team.

Rooney can be the new Scholes

For many a season United have failed to replace Paul Scholes, now they look to have done it from within.

Rooney, playing in the attacking midfield role again, scored twice and played a wonderful pass over the top to Robin van Persie in a wonderful performance.

United still vulnerable

Despite the win Manchester United still look weak at the back.

There was a time early in the game when the defence struggled to handle Newcastle and a bit more of a ruthless edge could have seen them in the lead.

A happy team is a winning team

Louis van Gaal gave the Manchester United players the day off on Christmas Day, a rarity and certainly not the norm at Old Trafford.

It seemed to do the trick. The players looked happy and re-energised in a vibrant attacking display.

Juan Mata has to play

For a time it looked like the Spaniard was again going to find himself surplus to requirements at Manchester United. But he was excellent yesterday. His passing and ball play was superb and United must continue to find him a place in the first-team.

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