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Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread (Lets face it ...... United are just s
I'm really happy with the result, especially taking into account myself (and other United posters) weren't that confident for this fixture. Pleased overall.
First 20-25 minutes, we were great and played some solid football. Evans and Evra with them bolting headers for the first two goals. Quality!
Last 20 minutes of the first half, we were careless and allowed Newcastle to attack without adding any pressure. I was worried that would continue second half but besides the first 5-10 minutes of the second half, we started playing some good football again. The fast, flowing movement was nice to see and it created some good opportunities to score. However, with Welbeck on the end of some of them, we didn't get some of the goals we rightfully deserved.
I have to mention the defence; Rafael was solid and has a fantastic second half. Kept Arfa quiet and always kept up with him when he was on the attack. Ferdinand was just beastly especially in the air, Evans was great and Evra had his best game since the Arsenal away game last season (back in January). Very surprising typing that. All four defenders deserve a lot of credit, besides a few shakey moments and De Gea flapping at the ball a few times, we looked like a solid unit at the back. A bonus to get the cleansheet and unexpected when our opposition was Newcastle.
De Gea didn't have his greatest game but he made up for it with the sensational save that looked like it was over the line at first. On replay though, I can't tell as not all of the ball looks over. Still, he needs to improve at claiming the ball in the air, he looked good against Cluj doing that but not so much today.
Kagawa was anonymous and continues his trend of being poor in our away games, Carrick did a good enough job at keeping the ball moving and holding onto the ball when under pressure and Cleverley had another superb game and was all over the place. The goal was terrific and if he did mean it, what a shot!
Rooney gets Man of the Match and he deserved the accolade today. Dictated the play from midfield, did a great shift at the back when he needed to and held the ball well and linked up nicely with the midfield and created a lot of our attacks. Van Persie was decent but quiet in stages.
Poor Giggs, comes on for 5 minutes and just doesn't seem like he can run anymore. Such a shame in comparison to 2 seasons ago.
Overall, very pleased with the performance.