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January 4, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 52299‎
 
33′ Demba Ba
 
47′ Yohan Cabaye
 
90′ (OG) Phil Jones
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle United 3-0 Manchester United

Phil Jones' own goal and stunning efforts from Demba Ba & Yohan Cabaye dent the Premier League champions' title chances and give Magpies first win over Red Devils in 10 years

By Rob Stewart at the Sports Direct Arena

  • Tim Krul
    182
    30
    3.50

    Tim Krul

    Newcastle fans wonder why Sir Alex Ferguson did not go for the Dutchman last summer when Edwin van der Sar retired but the way he rode his luck with an early fumble suggested he is far from being the finished article.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    201
    17
    3.50

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Cool, calm and collected, the Toon skipper hardly put a foot wrong as he showed why his employers are so keen for him to sign a new deal this month to ward off rumoured Liverpool interest.

  • Davide Santon
    171
    19
    3.50

    Davide Santon

    The Italian full-back showed he has what it takes to thrive in the cut and thrust of English football with a tenacious display to keep the usually dangerous Nani subdued and looked lively in attack.

  • Danny Simpson
    147
    18
    3.50

    Danny Simpson

    Coming up against his former club on his 25th birthday seemed to bring the best out of the Manchester United old boy who raised his game to deal with the threat posed by the champions. Made a superb block on the line from Rooney's effort.

  • Mike Williamson
    114
    22
    3.00

    Mike Williamson

    There is nothing fancy about the former Watford centre-half whose no-nonsense approach and aerial skills complement his captain perfectly.

  • Ryan Taylor
    106
    25
    3.00

    Ryan Taylor

    He is a Jack of all trades and a master of none but he still held his own on the right side of the Newcastle midfield and always threatens at set-pieces.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    351
    22
    4.00

    Yohan Cabaye Top of the Match

    The French international gave Newcastle the upper hand in the crucial midfield exchanges and an all-singing, all-dancing display capped by a brilliant free-kick demonstrated why many of his compatriots expected him to join Arsenal last summer.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    118
    26
    3.00

    Jonas Gutierrez

    He never gave an inch in his fascinating duel with Antonio Valencia in a typically industrious performance from the Argentine winger.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    192
    19
    3.50

    Cheikh Tiote

    The Ivory Coast international has been linked with a January move to Old Trafford and another typically combative performance is bound to fuel speculation that he could head over the Pennines.

  • Demba Ba
    360
    28
    4.00

    Demba Ba

    There is no stopping the Senegalese striker and as parting gifts go, his cracking goal was the perfect way to say farewell to Newcastle fans before the African Nations Cup will take some beating.

  • Shola Ameobi
    124
    28
    3.00

    Shola Ameobi

    He worked his socks off alongside Ba to set up his colleague's goal and show Hatem Ben Arfa how it's done with a non-stop display to keep the United defence busy.

Substitutions

  • James Perch
    68
    17
    3.00

    James Perch

    Did his bit to make the game safe.

  • Leon Best
    73
    15
    3.00

    Leon Best

    Sent on to make life miserable for the United defence after Ameobi had run his socks off.

  • Gabriel Obertan
    69
    20
    0.00

    Gabriel Obertan

    Sent on for a late cameo against his old club and to give the Toon Army a chance to give Demba Ba a standing ovation.

  • Anders Lindegaard
    196
    131
    3.00

    Anders Lindegaard

    The Dane vindicated Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to drop David De Gea with a commanding performance with a solid performance but there was nothing he could do about the Newcastle goals.

  • Patrice Evra
    75
    160
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    It is as if the recent controversies surrounding his bust-up with Luis Suarez have taken their toll because the United captain was not his normal self.

  • Phil Jones
    115
    296
    2.00

    Phil Jones Flop of the Match

    Sam Allardyce dubbed him the new John Terry during his Blackburn days but this was not the performance of a centre-half and he was at fault for both Newcastle goals as he was run ragged by the Toon attack before nodding in his own goal.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    84
    174
    2.50

    Rio Ferdinand

    Anyone that reckons the England international is past his best would have proved right because he failed to take command of a situation he use to relish when faced with Ba and his team paid dearly.

  • Ryan Giggs
    74
    153
    2.50

    Ryan Giggs

    This was a night to forget for Giggs who was mercilessly taunted by Newcastle fans and was left chasing shadows in midfield.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    89
    134
    2.50

    Ji-Sung Park

    The South Korean is regarded as a big-game player but even though this is one of the biggest stages in English football, the contest largely bypassed him.

  • Michael Carrick
    66
    148
    2.50

    Michael Carrick

    The midfielder had a chance to show the locals what they have missed since Newcastle let him slip through their fingers as a schoolboy but he was unable to match the energy levels of Cabaye and Tiote.

  • Nani
    63
    171
    2.50

    Nani

    He carried on where he left off against Blackburn and that was bad news for United because one of the club’s most exhilarating players was rendered ineffective.

  • Antonio Valencia
    139
    97
    3.00

    Antonio Valencia

    He continues to look the part at full-back and gave Gutierrez as good as he got but did not get the chance to bolster the attack enough due to Gutierrez's presence.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    113
    136
    2.50

    Dimitar Berbatov

    The Bulgarian went close to opening the scoring when his header shaved a post with Krul beaten but after a promising opening he hardly got a look-in and went off early in the second half.

  • Wayne Rooney
    78
    212
    2.50

    Wayne Rooney

    The stage was set for Rooney to get back into Sir Alex Ferguson’s good books following their recent dispute but after a bright start he struggled to make an impact and was substituted late on.

Substitutions

  • Anderson
    60
    124
    3.00

    Anderson

    He came on as part of a damage limitation exercise in place on Rooney late on.

  • Javier Hernández
    63
    171
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    Did not get a chance to make a difference,

  • Danny Welbeck
    52
    158
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Welbeck must hate the Sports Direct Arena because the last time he was here Sunderland suffered a 5-1 defeat and this one must hurt just as much as he failed to make an impact as a second-half substitute.

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