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Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle – Januzaj can’t save the day

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 7 – Made two smart saves from Debuchy efforts in the first half and might have got to Yohan Cabaye’s winner had it not taken a deflection off of Nemanja Vidic.

Rafael 6 – Attacked reasonably well although he was a little more subdued than his usual rampageous self. Looked relatively solid defensively.

Jonny Evans 6 – Rarely troubled alongside Vidic at centre-back. Swept up well and was comfortable bringing the ball from the back.

Nemanja Vidic 6 – Did typically well aerially at the heart of defence and made a couple of good interceptions when Newcastle came forward. Marshalled in-form Loic Remy.

Patrice Evra 5- A botched headed clearance led to the winner and a lapse in concentration in the first half let Debuchy in. Very hit and miss defensively but struck a post in second half going forward.

Tom Cleverley 5 – A little more inventive in possession and made a couple of eye-catching cross-field passes. Had two good chances in the first half to break the deadlock but buzzed around well in the centre of midfield.

Phil Jones 6 – Ate up the ground in midfield and was seemingly everywhere in an all-action display. Jones never shirked a tackle and mopped up well in midfield. At times sloppy in possession and offered little in the shape of penetration, however.

Adnan Januzaj 7- United’s best player in the first half where his decisive attacking caused Newcastle’s back line plenty of problems. Januzaj was noticeably quieter in the second period and struggled to have an impact on the game.

Nani 5- Had a few bright moments, specifically in the first half, but his end product unpredictable. Nani struggled to beat his man throughout and was deservedly hooked with 20 minutes remaining.

Robin van Persie 6 – Seemed to lack sharpness on his injury return. Often dropped too deep in a bid to get involved, but couldn’t offer the creativity Rooney does in the number 10 role. Had the ball in the net from a header only for it to be chalked off for offside.

Javier Hernandez 6 – Offered great energy up front and had a couple of chances with one well struck volley testing Tim Krul. His hold-up play was decent but his first half dive was disappointing to see.

Substitutes

Wilfried Zaha 5 – Replaced Nani for his league debut. Came close with a curling effort but looked a little raw and at times over-eager.

Anderson 6 – Added good energy in a rare cameo appearance. His passing was rather hit and miss although his options were often limited.

Antonio Valencia Ineffectual at right back after replacing Rafael da Silva.

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