Man Utd 3-1 Newcastle: After a shaky start, United strolled to a reasonably comfortable victory over Newcastle in Old Trafford this afternoon. We look at 5 talking points from the game.
1. Teams Are Still Not Afraid of Man United or Old Trafford
Regardless of the score line, Newcastle came to Old Trafford today to win. They played with two up front and had great belief in their play in the opening half an hour. In fact if it wasn’t for another worldie of a save from David De Gea, there was every chance it would have been 1-0 to the visitors.
Van Gaal is certainly turning things around after a disastrous campaign last season but weak performances and scraped victories against the likes of West Ham, Everton and Arsenal have not dispelled the belief created during the Moyes era. United still have the aura that they are entirely beatable.
2. Falcao is coming good
After a very well taken goal last week in a 1-1 draw with Villa, Falcao looked even sharper today. Although not getting on the score card, Falcao’s pass for the opener cannot be overstated. It took incredible athleticism, awareness and technique to execute a diving, volleyed square pass to allow Rooney to tap in. His work rate was also exceptional putting in a sliding tackle which gained possession before United would go 2-0 up courtesy of another Rooney finish.
3. Newcastle Fans to Turn Again?
After a massive Pardew Out campaign at the beginning of the season, a series of wins forced the Geordie fans to reluctantly pipe down. However, one cannot help but feel that the Toon Army’s main issue lies simply in likability. They do not like Alan Pardew and that unfortunately is something that cannot be brushed under the rug. After losses to Sunderland, Arsenal and now United, is the tide once again going to turn for the controversial Newcastle manager?
4. Wayne Rooney…
What can you say? He has undoubtedly been United’s greatest performer of the season so far. Two clinical finishes today and an assist for Van Persie that required the vision of a clairvoyant. He was also playing in midfield. Just where would United be without him?
5. Newcastle need to invest in January
You would have to say that relegation is not on the cards for Newcastle this season but if they want to achieve the heights that the fans feel the club deserves, they simply need more.