Player Ratings: Newcastle 0-4 Manchester United – Magnificent Mata and Kagawa

Player Ratings: Newcastle 0-4 Manchester United – Magnificent Mata and Kagawa

Anders Lindegaard 8 – An impressive display on only a third outing of the season for the Dane. Pulled off three great saves, the third of which to deny Cisse from point-blank range was particularly good.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Filled in at full-back, a role he never looks truly comfortable in. Solid enough defensively but his impact further forward was limited.

Chris Smalling 7 – Assured display on his return from injury. Didn’t have too much to do but he stood up to the test when called upon and mopped up well.

Phil Jones 7 – Excellent in the air and got the better of Papiss Cisse on a number of occasions. Solid.

Patrice Evra 5 – Picked up an early knock and struggled to create much going forward. Defensively, the skipper caught out on a couple of occasions by the tenacious Santon.

Ashley Young 5 – Provided a decent outlet down United’s right and put in a few menacing crosses before he came off because of a hand injury.

Marouane Fellaini 5 – Relatively composed against poor opposition and used the ball reasonably well, if again being a little safe in his passing. Might have been sent off for another elbow in the first half. Still, shockingly poor in possession and lacking in energy.

Darren Fletcher 7 – Understated but efficient in the centre once more, Fletcher kept United ticking over nicely and made a couple of nice interceptions in the middle of the park.

Shinji Kagawa 8 – Had a fantastic impact on the game and linked well with fellow attacking midfielder Mata. Slid Chicharito in just before half time and had a big hand in United’s second and third goals.

Juan Mata 9 – Delightful free-kick brought the contest to life and his second goal showed his ice-cool composure in front of goal. Delicious flick for United’s fourth capped off a brilliant performance for Mata who linked attack and midfield expertly.

Javier Hernandez 8 – More involved than he has been of late. Hit the post late in the first half but made up with it with an instinctive finish after the break. Flashed a snapshot over the bar and looked a threat throughout.

David Moyes 7 – Got the team selection just right and will have a fresh group of players available for the Bayern game. Fluidity was good, especially after Fellaini went off in Moyes’ biggest Premier League win as United boss to date.

Substitutes

Adnan Januzaj 7 – Blew hot and cold but made one or two telling contributions and his influence on the game grew and he took his goal well.

Alexander Buttner 6 – Replaced Evra and looked relatively solid. Endeavoured to get forward and could start in Munich on Wednesday.

Nani 5 – A little rusty after a lengthy lay-off which was expected. Weight of pass was a little short. Will improve with games.

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Tom is a lifelong red who regularly goes to Manchester United games and is a fan of everything at the club, right down to the Under 18s and below.