After a poor run of form in the league and losing to Everton FC in an important game during the midweek, Manchester United were expected to go all guns blazing in the game against the Geordies. But no creativity in the midfield made United lose another game 0-1 with scoring no goals in 2 home games this season.
Following are the player ratings:
David De Gea – 6/10 Couldn’t do much about the goal. But some shaky distributions throughout the game. Wasn’t at his best.
Rafael – 6/10 Still didn’t look match fit. Needs to get in rhythm. Did Struggle against Santon who could be a tough player.
Nemanja Vidic – 7/10 One of United’s better players, the Serbian centre-half put in a number of crucial tackles and interceptions.
Jonny Evans – 6/10 Questionable at times. But did well in tricky situations. Couldn’t distribute well to the fellow team mates.
Patrice Evra – 4/10 Its about time Evra calls it a day at United. Was at fault for the goal and was absolutely chasing shadows. Could do nothing about the physicality of Newcastle.
Nani – 5/10 The Portuguese has been in poor form since last 3 seasons and is continuing his poor run this season too. Lacked confidence.
Phil Jones – 6/10 The defender-come-midfielder is a solid enforcer in front of his side’s back four, but looks slightly out of sorts when United has the ball. Put in the work, but lacks the quality to play in midfield in a 4-4-2 system.
Tom Cleverley – 5/10 Had a better first half of the first half but again was lost throughout the game. Has a tendency to drift to the left side.
Adnan Januzaj – 7/10 Looked the most likely to make something happen and was tricky in possession. Put in a number of quality deliveries and deserves to retain his place in the side.
Robin van Persie – 6/10 Looked rusty upon his return to the side, and missed the creative presence of Wayne Rooney. More suited in the number nine role than number ten.
Javier Hernandez – 6/10 Had one sight of goal but drove a shot straight at Tim Krul. The Mexican showed some good runs off the ball, but was largely second best all afternoon.