Manchester United vs. Newcastle United: Live Ratings For Red Devils

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistDecember 7, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 10, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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For the first time in 41 years, Manchester United fell to Newcastle United at home. 

The 1-0 loss at Old Trafford marked just the third time in the Premier League era that the Red Devils were shutout in consecutive home losses.

Below are player ratings for each one of the 11 Manchester United starters and the three substitutes. 

Manchester United Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
David De Gea6.16.2
Nemanja Vidic6.56.5
Jonny Evans6.56.6
Patrice Evra5.86.5
Phil Jones6.56.7
Tom Cleverley6.36.3
Adnan Januzaj6.56
Robin Van Persie66.5
Javier Hernandez65.5
Wilfried ZahaN/A5.5
Antonio ValenciaN/A5.5
Lineup via @ManUtd

Half-time Analysis:

David De Gea: De Gea had a very quiet first half as he made just one save, which came in stoppage time on a Mathieu Debuchy shot. 

Rafael: The Brazilian surged forward in attack on a run in the seventh minute, but for the most part, he did not have a massive impact on either end of the pitch. 

Nemanja Vidic: Vidic and his center-back partner, Evans, have neutralized the threat of Loic Remy fairly well so far. 

Jonny Evans: Evans had 44 touches in the first half, where he and Vidic combined to shut down the Newcastle attack that managed one shot on goal. 

Patrice Evra: The left-back was not involved in too much of the play as shown by his 22 touches. 

Nani: The winger was not effective in a position where United are in need of some attacking flair given their recent form. 

Phil Jones: Jones created the first true chance of the game with a shot on goal in the eighth minute that was scooped up easily by Newcastle keeper Tim Krul. 

Tom Cleverley: Cleverley has not done much to impress just yet, but he has been solid in the center of midfield. 

Adnan Januzaj: The young Belgian was the most creative of the United midfield players, but that is not saying much given the scoreline at the half. 

Robin Van PersieThe Dutchman has shown a bit of rust in his first start in over a month. He had just 18 touches during the first stanza at Old Trafford. 

Javier Hernandez: Not many positives about the play of Chicharito in the first 45 minutes, and he has a 75 percent pass accuracy.  

Full-time Analysis:

De Gea: The United keeper was beat to his left on the lone Newcastle goal, which was one of the few times he was tested all day. 

Rafael: Rafael failed to deliver a strong attacking option from the right-back position after the Red Devils went down by a goal. He was taken off for Antonio Valencia, who is a more attack-minded player, in the 77th minute.

Vidic: The big Serbian center-back could not get enough leg on the Cabaye goal to deflect it away from De Gea. The goal was not his fault, and for the most part, he played a decent game in the back.

Evans: Paired with Vidic, Evans did a solid job of shutting down Remy for the entire match, but he could not prevent Cabaye from scoring in the 61st minute. 

Evra: It was Evra's bad clearance that allowed Moussa Sissoko to play the ball into Cabaye for the first goal of the match. The French left-back did have a shot on goal in the 55th minute that saw his header bounce off the frame and off the body of Vurnon Anita. 

Nani: The Portuguese winger switched sides with Januzaj at the beginning of the second half, but he failed to create many chances before leaving the pitch in the 68th minute. 

Jones: Jones was the best player in the United midfield as he had 60 touches and won 100 percent of his aerial battles. 

Cleverley: Before exiting in the 69th minute in favor of Anderson, Cleverley achieved an 82 percent pass accuracy on 55 touches. 

Januzaj: The 18-year-old was a spark in the first half, but he could not propel a second-half comeback by United in the end. 

Van Persie: The forward did his best to shake off the rust, and he almost scored an equalizer in the 72nd minute, but he was correctly ruled offside by assistant referee Sian Massey. 

Hernandez: Chicharito managed just one shot in 90 minutes on the pitch, which is just unacceptable given the role he was in up front. 


Wilfried Zaha: The league debut of the former Crystal Palace man was not one to remember as he completed just 60 percent of his passes in 22 minutes. 

Anderson: The Brazilian had a slightly better day than his fellow substitute, Zaha, as he was asked to replace Cleverley in the midfield. He had a 76 percent pass accuracy and 27 touches in 21 minutes.

Antonio Valencia: Valencia was asked to provide a more attacking prowess from right-back than Rafael did, but that did not work as he touched the ball just 11 times. 

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