Date: 4th January 2012 at 11:33pm
Written by:
Antonio Valencia

Tony V - one of the very few players who didn't let himself down tonight

A truly woeful performance from Manchester United saw them lose their second game in a row as they lost 3-0 to a hardworking Newcastle United side.

United fell behind when Shola Ameobi beat Phil Jones in the air to flick a lobbed ball on to Demba Ba who lashed it past Lindegaard in the United net. Yohan Cabaye doubled his team’s lead just after the half-time break when he struck a free-kick past, the again, helpless Lindegaard. Phil Jones put the icing on a very dry cake for United when he scored a terribly embarrassing own goal with a touch which took the ball round his own keeper and put an end to United’s miserable night.

There were no good individual performances for United, or even half decent ones as every player played their part in a poor attempt at bouncing back from defeat to Blackburn. United defended poorly with constant slip ups gifting Newcastle chances.

The struggling side seemed to deteriorate as the night went on as it came to the point where United were struggling to string two passes together as they gave the ball away on countless occasions.

A shaky defence was matched by an uninspiring attack as United’s front men were far off the boil. The on-form Berbatov was ineffective and absent until he was substituted for the equally missing Hernanadez. Rooney and Nani both disappointed as neither got going at a time when the eyes of United fans were on them. There was no fluency or linking up within the United attack as they failed to drive the team back into the game.

Naming a Man of the Match is hard amongst of team of poor performances. However Valencia was probably one of the better performances. Playing at right back, Valencia was probably the strongest of the defenders as he stuck to his job of keeping Gutierrez at bay and gave as good as he got.

It was unfortunate that the troublesome presence of Gutierrez meant that Valencia could not get forward often enough to help out United’s attack.

United have suffered a rare occurrence of two defeats in a row following a couple of lacklustre performances. With rivals Manchester City in the third round of the F.A Cup on Sunday, United are going to need to change their form and fortunes.

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