Newcastle United 3-3 Manchester United: Player Ratings

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Manchester United involved in 3-3 draw with Newcastle with Rooney standing out for the Reds

Player ratings for the United side in their 3-3 draw against Newcastle at St. James Park

Manchester United were involved in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Newcastle on Tuesday night, which was anything but boring as their last games have shown.

United went ahead through a Wayne Rooney penalty early on before doubling their lead with a slick passing move which Jesse Lingard finished off. Georginio Wijnaldum pulled one back for Newcastle as the teams headed into the break with United leading.

In the second half, the Magpies came out all guns blazing and after a horrendous lapse in judgement by Chris Smalling, the defender gifted the hosts a penalty and their equaliser. The drama wasn’t over yet though, with  Rooney rolling back the years with a stunning finish from outside the box only for Paul Dummett to break United hearts and equalise in the 90th minute in a game of the season contender.

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8. Denied Newcastle from point-blank range on two occasions to preserve United’s lead. While his defence faltered in front of him, the Spaniard remained strong and was a wall at the back. Couldn’t do much with any of Newcastle’s goals. Impressive showing by De Gea on his 200th appearance for the club. GK. Manchester United. DAVID DE GEA

5. The Englishman showed once again why he should not be playing as a fullback after being torn to shreds by Moussa Sissoko time and time again in the second half. His attacking display was also erratic in what was a horrid day at the back for the converted winger.. RB. Manchester United. ASHLEY YOUNG

5. After being United’s most consistent performer this season, Smalling put in his worst performance since his sending off at the Etihad. Inexcusable behaviour in the box, wrestling Mitrovic to the ground to give Newcastle their equalizer. Dealt with aerial balls well but was taken apart on the ground and his deflection gave the Magpies their stoppage time equaliser. CB. Manchester United. CHRIS SMALLING

5.5. Didn’t get as much time on the ball as he would have liked with Mitrovic constantly pressing him. Nevertheless, made some shrewd passes forward but defensively was all over the place like his fellow centre-back. Looked shaky every time a Magpie player ran at him and another who couldn’t cope with Sissoko. CB. Manchester United. DALEY BLIND

5.5. Slotted in on the left, the Italian started promisingly and made some good runs forward. However, like the rest of United’s defence was all over the place in the second half and was completely at sea for Newcastle’s third. Intercepted and defused the danger well at times but must improve his concentration, several mental lapses left a gaping hole in defence for United. LB. Manchester United. MATTEO DARMIAN

6. The Frenchman anchored the United midfield well and snuffed out several Magpie attacks before they could begin but needed a defensive partner in order to win the midfield battle. Was overrun in midfield during the second 45 minutes but not for his lack of trying, United could have been in even more danger. CM. Manchester United. MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN

4.5. Played in a deeper role which just doesn’t suit his game, Fellaini flopped miserably on Tuesday night. Gave away needless fouls and his reckless play earned him a yellow card in the first 20 minutes of the game. Was clumsy all over the pitch and stopped several United attacks with his hesitancy in playing the ball. Squandered a golden opportunity to give the Reds their fourth, when it looked easier to score than miss, which will come back to haunt him after Newcastle equalised. CM. Manchester United. MAROUANE FELLAINI

6.5. Deployed on the right, Martial gave Dummett a torrid time, constantly running at him and getting past him on more than a few occasions. United’s most exciting player, the Frenchman lifted a static United attack on several occasions. Faded a little in the second but at his age, fans should be happy with the Parisian’s performances. RM. Manchester United. ANTHONY MARTIAL

6. Played behind Rooney in his favoured role behind the striker, Herrera controlled the game for United in the first half, starting several United attacks and regularly increasing the tempo of the game. Showed brilliant vision for the pass to Rooney in the build up to Lingard’s goal but disappeared in the second half and was substituted for Mata. CAM. Manchester United. ANDER HERRERA

6. An extremely erratic performance by the youngster, despite scoring with a composed finish, missed an excellent chance to give United a two goal cushion in the second. Full of energy and constantly pressed and ran at defenders but needlessly gave away possession on more than  few occasions. LM. Manchester United. JESSE LINGARD

FWD. Manchester United. WAYNE ROONEY. 8. The under-fire forward put in a sublime performance on Tuesday night. The United captain, led from the front and always looked menacing when he got on the ball and gave United the lead with a calm finish from the spot. Intelligent reverse pass led to Lingard’s goal and then a truly exquisite finish gave the Reds their third. Unfortunate to not grab all 3 points after such a showing

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LM. Manchester United. MEMPHIS DEPAY. 6.5. A lively cameo by the Dutchman who came on for Lingard. His pace and dynamism troubled the Magpie defence and he constantly got himself into good positions only to be let down by his teammates. Put plenty of delicious balls into the box, which should have been converted by his fellow attackers. One glorious cross to Fellaini somehow failed to lead to a goal. Nevertheless, the youngster made a strong case to be in the starting lineup this weekend

Manchester United. JUAN MATA. 6. Replaced Herrera towards the end of the game but was as anonymous as his fellow Spaniard. Barely did anything of note in his brief time on the pitch. CAM

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