Manchester United made it 20 Boxing Day wins since the start of the Premier League, they have only ever lost one game on 26th December in the Premier League era. As well as continuing their impressive Boxing Day record, United also continued their recent good form and got back to winning ways after drawing the previous game against Aston Villa last weekend. This win made it 7 wins out of 8 for Louis Van Gaal’s side, meaning they have taken 22 points from a possible 24 since losing the Manchester Derby at the start of November.
United made one change for this game against Newcastle from the draw against Villa, with Paddy McNair returning to the starting eleven for the first time since the game at Southampton. McNair came in for Darren Fletcher and was restored to the back line alongside Phil Jones and Jonny Evans. Michael was restored to his usual Midfield position lining up alongside Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata, with Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao continuing up front. Angel Di Maria wasn’t even in the match squad after he suffered an injury in training on Christmas Eve.
Manchester United took the lead in this game in the 23rd minute when Wayne Rooney tapped in from close range to score his 7th goal of the season. Juan Mata played the ball into the area and found Falcao at the far post who slide to control the ball before laying it across to Rooney for an easy tap in to get United up and running in this game.
Manchester United then made it 2-0 after 36 minutes thanks to Wayne Rooney’s 2nd goal of the game and his 8th goal of the season. After Radamel Falcao had won possession for United and then Phil Jones found Juan Mata on the left hand edge of the Newcastle penalty area, Mata then moved across the front of the Newcastle penalty area with the ball before playing in Rooney to calmly slot his 2nd goal of the game after he had made another run from his deeper midfield role in this game. United made it 3-0 early in the 2nd half when Robin Van Persie scored in the 53rd minute. This time the goal was made by Wayne Rooney after he played the ball over the Newcastle defence from outside the penalty area where Van Persie met the ball with his head to apply the finish and all but seal the 3 points for Manchester United with well over half an hour to go. United clearly took their foot off the gas after the 3rd goal with the game at Tottenham to come in less than 48 hours. Van Gaal also took this opportunity to rest several players with the Tottenham game in mind, with Fletcher, Wilson and Rafael all entering the game in place of Carrick, Falcao and Valencia. This win cements United’s place in 3rd place in the Premier League table and also kept them on Chelsea and Manchester City’s coat tails after they both won today as well. So now Manchester United move onto to two tough away games against Tottenham and Stoke before they have a break from the Premier League, with an Fa Cup tie against Yeovil Town on the first weekend of the 2015.