Dealt with one or two tame crosses and one Ameobi header with ease in the first half, but his indecision allowed Ferguson's cross to reach Cisse for Newcastle's goal on the hour mark. His distribution was excellent throughout.
Looked comfortable on the ball and was a willing runner going forward, delivering a great cross early in the second half which Chicharito should really have turned home. Replaced by Tunnicliffe for the last quarter of an hour.
Coped well with Vuckic and Ameobi but found life much more difficult against Cisse, and was beaten in the air at the far post for the Senegalese's goal.
A consistent attacking threat down the left flank, though he was found wanting once or twice against the lively Obertan. Replaced by Brady for the closing minutes.
Lost Vuckic for the Slovenian's early chance, but marshalled the striker well from the onwards. Did not look out of place alongside his fellow fledgling centre-back.
He was United's brightest player in the first half and was rewarded for his efforts just before the break, as he muscled his way to the edge of the area before smashing one in off the post.
The Scot looked much sharper than he did in his brief cameo against Galatasaray a week ago, adding much-needed composure to United's midfield trio as he calmly marshalled an inexperienced back four.
Somehow contrived to shoot wide when played in one-on-one by Hernandez with all the time and space he could wish for. Made amends in the second half with a superb curled effort into the bottom corner, though.
Held the ball up well for the hosts but looked a little lost playing in a wide positition. Teed up Cleverley for United's second goal.
Played in Cleverley for the the midfielder's miss and was unlucky to hit the bar.
His touch and passing have certainly not deserted him in his injury absence, though he was understandably not quite at full match sharpness. Replaced by Powell for the final 15 minutes.
Denied Anderson with a superb one-handed save, and parried well against Welbeck towards the end of the first half. Could do nothing to stop either of United's goals.
A solid enough performance from the defender, though he perhaps could have done more to close down both Cleverley and Anderson as they struck home from the edge of the area.
Performed solidly enough to keep Welbeck quiet but was an inconsistent force going forward.
Restricted for much of the first half by the adventurous Buttner, though he did manage one effort on goal which had De Gea worried. Strong in the tackle and more of an offensive threat in the second half.
Strong in the air but beaten for pace by Hernandez and Welbeck a little too easily at times and was replaced by Ferguson in the second half. Still, a decent outing for the Argentine on his return from injury.
Caused Buttner one or two problems when cutting in from the left but failed to provide a killer cross when he was able to work the space.
Spurned a gilt-edged chance early on as he volleyed over the bar from close range. Looked a little brighter in the second period and came close with a clever placed effort which just went past the post.
Out-muscled by Anderson for United's opener and failed to close down Cleverley for their second. An industrious player at the heart of midfield but was overshadowed by Tiote for most of the match.
Very impressive at the heart of Newcastle's midfield, tracking the runs of Anderson and Cleverley. Looked very composed whenever in possession. Replaced by Bigirimana in the second half as Newcastle pushed for an equaliser.
Provided one or two dangerous crosses but in general failed to overtly trouble the impressive Vermijl.
His strength was too much for the young United defence to handle at times, though his link-up play let him down too often. A constant threat whenever Newcastle played a high ball into the box.
Came on for Vermijl in an unorthodox right-back position. Looked a little out-of-place initially but settled well as the game drew to a close.
Replaced Rooney for the closing stages and looked dangerous on the counterattack.
Slotted in at left-back in place of Buttner and coped well against the pace and aerial threat of Cisse when he peeled away to the flank.
His first contribution was to set up Cisse with a superb cross for Newcastle's goal. Provided a more consistent threat than Marveaux, keeping Vermijl confined to his own half for much of the second period.
Replaced Tiote for the last part of the second half but failed to make much of an impact.
Made an instant impact as he headed home Ferguson's cross barely a minute after coming on the pitch, and was unlucky to see a brilliant overhead kick rattle the crossbar. His strength and work-rate caused significant problems for the inexperienced United backline.