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Newcastle 1-0 Man United – Player Ratings

Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle got themselves a much needed three points when they overcame his old foe Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side 1-0 at St.James Park yesterday. Let’s see how the players rated …

Dubravka 8

Pulled off a string of top saves and looked composed throughout, what a way to introduce yourself to the Premier League.

Yedlin 7

Had a tough day up against Sanchez, but stuck to his task well.

Lascelles 9

Put in a captain’s performance and made some crucial last ditch interventions.

Lejeune 8

Solid defensively and composed in possession

Dummett 7

Worked his socks off to keep United’s attackers at bay.

Ritchie 8

Tidy finish for the winner, and looked a threat on the counter throughout.

Shelvey 9 ( MOTM )

Competed brilliantly in the centre of the park, and passed the ball superbly from start to finish.

Diamé 8

Outmuscled Pogba on a couple of occasions and a crucial part of his sides defensive effort late on.

Kenedy 7

Started brightly, but faded as the game went on.

Pérez
 7

Got himself into some dangerous positions in between the lines at times.

Gayle
 7

Put in the hard yards up front without ever really threatening the goal.

Substitutes 

Atsu 7

His pace caused United problems on the counter after his introduction.

Joselu 7

Held the ball up well for his side late on.

Hayden N/A

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Manchester United 

de Gea 7

Made one stunning save from Shelvey in the first-half, and had no chance with the goal.

Valencia 6

Didn’t get forward and support the attack as well as he usually does.

Smalling 5

Just not good enough in possession to play for a club of United’s stature. Booked for diving in the build up to Newcastle’s winner.

Jones 6

Did ok, but like his central defensive partner lacks quality in possession.

Young 7

Covered a huge amount of ground down the left flank and was unlucky with one late effort.

Pogba 3

Looked to be carrying a injury, but still a shocking performance. Disgracefully, did not challenge for a header in the build up to Newcastle’s goal.

Matic 5

Solid enough, although he does look like he could do with a rest.

Martial 5

Bright in possession, but missed three excellent chances.

Lingard 5

Has been good for most of this season, but this was a return to the type of display that makes people wonder how he gets a game for Manchester United.

Sánchez 7

Inventive and full of energy, just a pity most of his team-mates weren’t on the same wavelength.

R Lukaku 7

His hold up play has come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of months, really unlucky not to register and assist after a couple of lovely through balls.

Substitutes

Carrick 6

Tried to get his team moving forward, but couldn’t break down a well organised Newcastle rearguard.

Mata 6

Pushed and probed late on, although his efforts would be in vain.

McTominay N/A

No impact.

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