Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United to within three points of Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal as Newcastle were thrashed 5-1 at St James´ Park.

The Portugal international struck on the stroke of half-time and then 11 minutes after the break to set up another impressive victory.

However, it was Rooney who opened the scoring on 25 minutes and although Abdoulaye Faye pulled a goal back, Rooney and substitute Louis Saha stretched the lead with goals in the final 10 minutes.

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