Date:27th December 2012 at 3:06am
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De Gea – Made a fumble for their first goal and looked troubled throughout the game when dealing with aerial threats. Not his best performance. 5

Smalling – Asleep for the Newcastle third and caught napping on too many occasions. Added very little going forward too. 5

Rio – All over the place at the back this evening. Failed to lead the team and control the defence. Slow and uncharacteristically disappointing. 4

Evans – Misplaced some easy passes and wasn’t his usual composed self from defence. Scored a good goal but was unfortunate to put the ball into his own net after a shocking refereeing decision. 6

Evra – Having pulled one back and fallen behind again thanks to an own goal and a bad refereeing call, it was up to the captain to pick up the ball and slot it into the back of the net to stop his team from collapsing. A real presence in the United side who’s playing some of the best football of his life. 7

Valencia – Shockingly poor for the majority of the game until the last 15 minutes where he actually pulled his finger out for once and started running at players rather than looking for the easy option every single time. It might seem like I’m being harsh on him but its because he’s our #7. He’s supposed to be our creative outlet and match-winner but its not enough having a good 10 minutes cameo ever six matches. 4

Carrick – Lost the ball for their first but picked himself up and started to dictate the game from deep afterwards. Constantly covering for his disappointing midfield partner made his job even more difficult but he still managed to set up both our third and four goals. 8

Scholes – Pathetic performance from someone I’d normally expect to flourish in a game as open as this. Offered nothing going forward and played a few risky passes at the back. He shouldn’t start games in my opinion but he can still offer plenty going forward. 3

Giggs – Unfairly on the end of some stick before the game had even started, Ryan worked hard and looked to be our only real creative attacking outlet for the first 70 minutes as Valencia did nothing. Put in a few good crosses for the attackers. 7

Robin van Persie – Heavily involved with our first and second goals which came directly from his crosses, he made the best use of whatever little of the ball he saw. After we conceded the third, he looked like a possessed man determined to win the game for his side. Worked hard, tracked back and had to quality to score. What a player. 8 (MOTM)

Hernandez – Failed to get involved throughout the game and missed one easy chance after the other. Still, credit to him for keeping his cool and slotting the winner in with a perfectly timed run. However I still think he’s best coming on from the bench as well. 6

Cleverley – Injected some much needed enthusiasm, energy and quality into a slow and uninspired United side. Says everything about how highly Sir Alex rates him by turning to him when he needed someone to win the game for him, and Tom didn’t disappoint. 8

Fletcher – N/A

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