Manchester United player ratings vs Newcastle: Cristiano Ronaldo excellent and Paul Pogba good

By Samuel Luckhurst

David de Gea

Newcastle threatened on the break and Javier Manquillo beat De Gea with ease. Denied Joelinton at 2-1. 6

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Poor at both ends and effectively starting by default. Regularly erred by crossing without looking and sloppy in his own half. 5

Raphael Varane

Impressive again, even if he was only up against Joelinton. Should have crowned his debut with a goal but header flashed wide. 7

Harry Maguire

Needlessly dived in and left United open for Newcastle to break and equalise through Javier Manquillo. 5

Luke Shaw

A subdued first-half before he burst into life in the second, charging forward to assist Cristiano Ronaldo's second goal. 7

Nemanja Matic

Often disciplined and was able to advance amid Newcastle's reticence. But could not hold the fort on his own and United were loose. 6

Paul Pogba

A quiet performance and he left the risk-taking to Fernandes slightly further ahead. Claimed another assist for Bruno Fernandes. and then for Jesse Lingard. 7

Bruno Fernandes

Guilty of trying too hard at times, which meant ceding possession. His play was more polished after half-time and he scored magnificently. 7

Mason Greenwood

On the fringes until his harmless shot was spilled by Freddie Woodman and Ronaldo tapped in. His most subdued display of the season. 6

Jadon Sancho

Was urged to move higher up the pitch but never got going on his full home debut. Substituted just after the hour. 5

Cristiano Ronaldo

Endured an uneventful first-half until Woodman parried the ball into his path. Put United ahead again six minutes after Manquillo struck. 8


Jesse Lingard

Excellent goal. 7

Anthony Martial

Late cameo. 5

Donny van de Beek

First appearance of the season. 5


Picked the correct team and discovered that, even against reticent Newcastle, Matic cannot hold the fort on his own. 6

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