Newcastle player ratings v Manchester United: Riviere improves, while Sissoko flashes class

St James Park

A last-gasp Ashley Young goal consigned Newcastle United to a narrow 1-0 home defeat against Manchester United on Wednesday night.

Tim Krul 7/10 – Made several crucial saves over the course of the match to keep his side in it but it was his poor decision-making in the closing stages which gifted United their winning goal.

Daryl Janmaat 6/10 – Managed to keep Young in check for most of the match but it came at the expense of showcasing his knack for getting forward.

Fabricio Coloccini 5/10 – A bit of a disastrous outing, as United should have capitalised on several of his earlier blunders, before late chaos in the box allowed them to seal the three points. A touch of class to hand compatriot Gutierrez the armband after his introduction, though.

Mike Williamson 5/10 – Much like his centre-back partner, it was a night to forget for the former Portsmouth man, who was fortunate not be punished for some poor positioning on a couple of occasions thanks to fine goalkeeping from Krul.

Ryan Taylor 6/10 – Composed in defence and showed his noted set-piece prowess just after the break when setting up a great chance for Riviere.

Gabriel Obertan 6/10 – Failed to prove a point against his former club, although it wasn’t from a lack of effort.

Mehdi Abeid 6/10 – Was overrun in the midfield but handled himself well for the most part, despite proving a tad too wasteful in possession. Still has a lot of work ahead of him, as shown with the poor back pass in the run up to the goal, but his talent is evident.

Moussa Sissoko 7/10 – Was forced to sit deeper in the midfield, as Newcastle absorbed pressure, but his attacking threat was evident when allowed to bomb forward on the counter-attack. Should have been given more of a free reign in hindsight.

Sammy Ameobi 6/10 – Offered little in attack but did a good job of helping keep Angel Di Maria quiet with his tireless work-rate on the night.

Emmanuel Riviere 6.5/10 – Looked like Newcastle’s best chance of a goal for long spells, and should have been awarded a spot kick in the 10th-minute when Chris Smalling brought him down in the area. Denied again in the second-half after a point-blank save from De Gea, before being taken off just before the hour, much to the surprise of some.

Papiss Cisse 5/10 – Wasted two great chances in the second-half and was otherwise ineffective. Also involved in a controversial spitting incident with Jonny Evans which could land him in hot water.

SUBSTITUTES

Ayoze Perez (Riviere 59) 6/10 – Looked bright after coming on and almost set up Cisse for an opener after dispossessing Ander Herrera, with his teammate going on to spurn the chance.

Jonas Gutierrez (Taylor 64) 6/10 – His performance was of little importance, as just seeing the Argentine back on the football pitch after battling back from testicular cancer was enough reason to celebrate.

Yoan Gouffran (Ameobi 81) N/A – Not enough time on the pitch to make a real difference.

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