Given no chance by Mata's free-kick and was well beaten again moments later by Hernandez, the post coming to his rescue on that occasion. Could do little about the further goals as those in front of him appeared to give up the ghost once more.
Saved his side's bacon on a couple of occasions early in the game by tracking Hernandez's run and foiling the Mexican with last ditch challenges. Fine when the ball was in the air but couldn't get to grips with United's ground game.
Strong in the tackle, composed on the ball, but his performance today was overshadowed by an awful mistake as his miscontrol gifted the visitors their second goal.
Back from injury, the Italian gave Newcastle a genuine threat from a wide area, something that they have been sorely missing in recent matches. Supplied a string of crosses that found their mark.
Kept his place at left-back after the Southampton game and was given a tough time by Young before the England winger had to go off. Tried to get forward to add some sort of threat on the left but a lack of support and poor passes put an end to that.
Battled hard in the centre for the home side and sat deeper in an attempt to prevent United attacking through the middle. Directed the play well when on the ball but had difficulty tracking the elusive Mata.
Awarded his first Premier League start of the season and almost had his team in front early doors with a header that flashed wide. Strong running in the middle but his passing was a little scruffy, over-hitting many balls when trying to play into wide areas.
Still to come into his own in the Premier League despite being an ever-present since the departure of Cabaye. Didn't give United any problems, the Dutchman easily out-muscled by more experienced opposition.
L. de Jong
He may have only arrived in January, but the permanent signing of this striker would already appear a big mistake. Is clearly lacking in confidence and was never able to get into any threatening positions.
Went close with a header that forced Lindegaard into a fine stop as the Senegal striker seemed to be revelling in the improved service from wide areas. Like on too many occasions this season though, his chances went to waste.
It wasn't quite clear what role the Frenchman was picking up on the pitch, and he didn't seem to know either. Always appeared to arrive late in support and was always in two minds as to whether he should close down or not.
Given a rare chance in goal for United and showed great agility early on to tip Cisse's glancing header over the bar. Had to be on his guard as Newcastle fashioned a couple of chances late on but was equal to each and every one of them.
Solid at the back, keeping pace with Cisse when the ball was on the ground. Perhaps looked a little shaky in the air as Newcastle found a few openings from crosses.
Went down on the turf early on but was able to continue. Given a headache all afternoon by Santon's constant overlapping and even when he did catch up to the Italian he was often beaten with ease.
Had absolutely no problems dealing with the disappointing De Jong in the centre. Lost his man on a couple of occasions where Lindegaard had to bail him out, but a fairly competent performance.
Slotted in at full-back and although sometimes flustered by the home side, his pace got him out of tricky situations on more than one occasion. Left the attacking to those in a more advance position for today.
Heavily criticised during the week for a poor display against Bayern, the Belgian fared a little better this time out. Still looked clumsy on occasions but dominated the home side's midfield physically.
Back in the centre of the park for United and controlling the play well. His distribution from deep was key to the visitors' constant flow of attacks.
Lively in the opening quarter of an hour and have Haidara plenty to think about on the flank. Picked up what looked to be a serious wrist injury though that forced him inside the opening 20 minutes.
Looked to be enjoying himself, given plenty of opportunities to link up with the likes of Mata and Januzaj and give the home side all sorts of problems. Heavily involved in a lovely third goal.
Charged with the task of leading the line in the absence of Welbeck and Rooney. Constantly lurked on the shoulder of the last man and his movement looked a threat from the opening minutes. Will be disappointed to have struck the post when clean through at the end of the first half.
Opened his scoring account for United against Villa last weekend and he doubled his tally here with a sumptuous free-kick. Capped off a wonderful display with a fine second and looks to have found his prime position at United - through the middle.