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December 26, 2012 3:00 p.m. GMT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 75596‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 4-3 Newcastle

In a real Christmas cracker, the hosts came from behind three times to eventually beat a superb Magpies team, even though they questioned the performance of referee Mike Dean

By Jack Gaughan at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    56
    18
    2.50

    David de Gea

    The goalkeeper ought to have done better for the first Newcastle goal, parrying Demba Ba's shot straight to James Perch. The Spaniard also struggled with a couple of other shots with which he will be disappointed.

  • Patrice Evra
    76
    7
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Perhaps should have got forward more but took his goal well and was solid in defence when Papiss Cisse was running at him. The Frenchman's performances have improved drastically in recent weeks.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    45
    26
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Demba Ba proves a handful for most central defenders, and Ferdinand was no different. The striker's pace and power made it a testing afternoon but he stood up to the physical battle well.

  • Jonny Evans
    30
    53
    2.00

    Jonny Evans Flop of the Match

    Despite scoring their first goal, Evans had a treacherous afternoon, putting through his own net and looking uncomfortable for the majority. He constantly put the hosts on the back foot with mishit passes.

  • Chris Smalling
    47
    24
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Another largely solid display by Smalling which will help his development but he looked on edge when Gabriel Obertan came on in the second half and continues to be occasionally susceptible to pace.

  • Antonio Valencia
    54
    17
    3.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Valencia is always a threat when given the ball with space to run into but Newcastle did a good job of nullifying that, with midfielders getting tight.

  • Ryan Giggs
    82
    8
    3.50

    Ryan Giggs

    This was one of Giggs' better games in 2012. The midfielder looked to have his jinking dazzle back as he took defenders on and was menacing going forward. That was from wide and Ferguson may be tempted to play him on the wing more often.

  • Michael Carrick
    92
    7
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Carrick was partly at fault for the opening goal. He miscontrolled a ball in midfield which gifted Newcastle possession but was always keen to get on the ball and try to make United play. His involvement in two of the goals was exemplary.

  • Paul Scholes
    34
    41
    2.50

    Paul Scholes

    The game passed Scholes by, yet again. The midfielder lacked his usual bite in the tackle and was not able to stamp his authority on the game in possession.

  • Javier Hernández
    99
    9
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    Looks to be lacking in a touch of confidence, the Mexican rounded Tim Krul late in the game but didn't put the ball in the net, instead trying to find a team-mate. Missed an absolutely glorious chance late in the game, too, but he did get into the right positions and that bravery resulted in the winning goal.

  • Robin van Persie
    107
    9
    3.50

    Robin van Persie Top of the Match

    Where would they be without the Dutchman this season? This wasn't his best game by any stretch of the imagination but Van Persie's goal set up a rousing finish. His talismanic presence is exactly what United need at the moment.

Substitutions

  • Tom Cleverley
    67
    3
    3.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Second-half substitute.

  • Darren Fletcher
    34
    5

    Darren Fletcher

    Late substitute.

  • Tim Krul
    9
    8
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    Might be a little disappointed not to have turned Patrice Evra's shot past the post but other than that had very little to do. He made an excellent save from Chicharito in the run up to the first goal.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    7
    12
    3.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    The captain is one of Newcastle's most consistent performers and Alan Pardew will be delighted with his efforts at Old Trafford, standing tall against quality attacking talent and really unfortunate to be on the losing side.

  • Davide Santon
    11
    7
    3.00

    Davide Santon

    This confident performance will go a long way towards laying the awful defensive calamity against Manchester City to rest. The full-back rarely allowed Valencia to get the better of him and ventured forward on occasion.

  • Danny Simpson
    9
    8
    3.50

    Danny Simpson

    The right-back obviously enjoyed his return to Old Trafford, galloping down the wing like he had never been away. It was from his dragged shot that Jonny Evans found his own net in the first half and Simpson gave the Toon an added dimension.

  • Mike Williamson
    5
    10
    3.00

    Mike Williamson

    The master of tactical fouls - something which you have to be as a visiting defender at Old Trafford. Ryan Giggs was clean through in the first half but the centre-back stopped him in his tracks quickly, summing up his afternoon.

  • James Perch
    6
    9
    3.00

    James Perch

    Asked to sit in front of the back four with Anita, Perch scored his first-ever Premier League goal. He broke up the play well and passed the ball on quickly to allow Newcastle's more creative types time to express themselves.

  • Vurnon Anita
    11
    9
    3.00

    Vurnon Anita

    Typically combative and reading the game excellently, the midfielder epitomised Newcastle's afternoon with intelligent, careful play.

  • Gael Bigirimana
    5
    11
    3.00

    Gael Bigirimana

    Put in a shift before being taken off in the second half, Bigirimana did his fledgling Premier League career no harm in a game in which he might forgiveably have been overawed.

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    11
    7
    3.50

    Sylvain Marveaux

    The midfielder has a low sense of gravity and is able to wriggle his way free of many sticky situations and he bailed Newcastle out on countless occasions. With runners in front of him, he was able to create a number of chances.

  • Papiss Cissé
    16
    7
    3.50

    Papiss Cissé

    Asked to play from a wide berth, Cisse had to put a shift in for the team and did so admirably. Going forward, he is a tricky customer with whom to get to grips, lurking in space where he is incredibly difficult to mark. Took his goal brilliantly.

  • Demba Ba
    11
    9
    3.00

    Demba Ba

    Showed why he will be courted by a number of clubs in January, causing the United back four plenty of problems. Linked up well with his midfielders and, although he didn't have many opportunities, the striker's presence opened the door for others.

Substitutions

  • Gabriel Obertan
    12
    7
    3.00

    Gabriel Obertan

    Obertan did brilliantly for the third goal, showcasing his pace and crossing ability. He is a real outlet for Newcastle off the bench, particularly away from home.

  • Sammy Ameobi
    5
    5

    Sammy Ameobi

    Second-half substitute.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0