A brace from skipper Wayne Rooney helped Manchester United to a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United in their English Premier League encounter at Old Trafford on Friday. The men from Tyneside had a really good chance early on when Adam Armstrong did well to win the ball back on the goal line and the ball found Ayoze Perez who was all alone in the box with David De Gea to beat, however it bounced awkwardly and he attempted a bicycle kick but missed the ball completely to let the home side off the hook. The Red Devils had two good chances of their own from Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie on the back of the Magpie attack but were unable to find a breakthrough.
In the 23rd minute however it was Wayne Rooney who capped off a well worked counter by the hosts to give them the lead. He went on to double the scoreline and his tally in the 36th minute when he latched on to a Juan Mata pass and guided it past Jak Alnwick in goal as Louis Van Gaal’s side went into the break with a two goal cushion. In the second half Van Gaal’s men extended their lead further when Van Persie found a floated pass from his skipper which he successfully headed across goal into the far corner to make it 3-0.
For the visitors there was not much to speak of in the opening minutes on attack besides a chance each from Moussa Sissoko and Armstrong that went wide. However with the end drawing near Perez and Steven Taylor had a chance each to get one back however both came to nothing. The Toon would not give in though and in the 86th minute Papiss Cisse converted a penalty after Jack Colback was tripped by Phil Jones in the area to hand his side a conciliation goal as the home side ran out 3-1 victors.