Manchester United defeated Newcastle United by a score of 2-1, securing their place in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, but an advancement in the tournament is hardly the biggest storyline of the evening.
Wayne Rooney made his way back onto the pitch after a gruesome leg injury suffered earlier this season against Fulham, and he played extensively, starting the match and staying on the pitch until the 77th minute.
It's an encouraging sign for Red Devils supporters who feared Rooney would be out well into the winter. Although he may not make an appearance this weekend against Tottenham, he's certainly match fit and will be scoring goals for Manchester United sooner rather than later.
The match started out easily enough at Old Trafford as the home side got on the board late in the first half. A strike from rarely used midfielder Oliveira Anderson that nearly broke the sound barrier put Manchester United up 1-0.
Then, just before the 60th minute, a superb finish by Tom Cleverley put the Red Devils up 2-0 and back in Old Trafford's good graces after a horrible miss earlier in the match.
Newcastle United got a consolation goal a few minutes later, when Papiss Cissé came off the bench and scored after just seconds on the pitch, pulling the Magpies to within one, but the Magpies created few chances after that.
Manchester United came out, guns blazing, advancing in the Capital One Cup with a 2-1 win, but how did the individual players grade out?
Check out how all the Red Devils rated, and let me know if you agree!