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Manchester United player ratings vs Newcastle United

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Manchester United strolled to victory against Newcastle United on this Boxing Day afternoon at Old Trafford. 

After being held at Villa Park this past weekend, Louis van Gaal's side responded in style as they beat Alan Pardew's side by three goals to one on home soil. 

The Rooney show 

Captain Wayne Rooney was without a doubt the man of the match as he struck a double despite playing in a deeper role. 

Alongside Spanish ace Juan Mata, Rooney dictated and controlled the game as United were too good for their rivals. 

The duo were both involved in the opening goal of the game as Mata's fine ball hit Colombian Radamel Falcao, who found Rooney to tap in. 

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And, before the half-time break, the skipper got his and United's second as Mata once again played the ball through for Rooney to finish in style. 

The Red Devils secured the three points after the break as Robin van Persie headed home a beautiful Rooney ball. 

In truth, despite a late Papiss Cisse penalty after Phil Jones brought down his man, the result was never in doubt, with United now looking ahead to Sunday's showdown with Tottenham at White Hart Lane. 

Starting XI 

De Gea: 7
Valencia: 6.5
Jones: 6.5
Evans: 6.5
McNair: 6.5
Young: 8
Carrick: 7
Rooney: 9
Mata: 8.5
Falcao: 7
Van Persie: 7 

Subs 

Fletcher: 6 
Wilson: 6
Rafael: 6

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