Louis van Gaal was once again lucky in the way that United won the match…
Manchester United beat Newcastle United 1-0 at St. James’ Park on Wednesday. Here is how their players rated in the encounter…
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GK) David De Gea, 7
Solid again from the Spaniard, but had less to do than he usually does.
CB) Chris Smalling, 6
Dealt well with the old fashioned approach that the Toon took.
CB) Marcos Rojo, 7
Fast becoming the best centre-back at Old Trafford, and continued that progression here.
CB) Jonny Evans, 3
Didn’t play especially poorly, but the spit on Papiss Cisse means that he is likely to get a ban in the next few days.
RWB) Antonio Valencia, 5
Was unable to whip the crosses in for Marouane Fellaini when the Belgian was on the pitch.
LWB) Ashley Young, 8
Doing well enough to keep Luke Shaw out of the team on merit, also scored the winner.