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Manchester United

Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

Manchester United
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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Three Points: Wayne Rooney sparks Man United's dominance vs. Newcastle

Two first half goals from Wayne Rooney and a Robin van Persie header propelled Manchester United 3-1 past Newcastle United.

MANCHESTER -- A trio of observations on Manchester United's 3-1 win against Newcastle in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

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1. United roll back the years

Thrilling forward play and deadly counterattacks are what a younger generation of Manchester United fans were brought up on. If this season's Premier League title looks beyond Louis Van Gaal's team, Old Trafford is being presented with a vision of an imminent future in which their team might soon compete with Chelsea and Manchester City.

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Mark Payne Manchester Utd  By Mark Payne

Player Ratings: Wayne Rooney is in his best form for five years at United

Two first half goals from Wayne Rooney and a Robin van Persie header propelled Manchester United 3-1 past Newcastle United.

Manchester United's attacking riches gleamed under the rain at Old Trafford with a 3-1 victory over an ambitious Newcastle side. Some of the home side's movement in the final third was outstanding, and this win consolidated an ascendant period for Louis van Gaal.

Chelsea and Manchester City will be fully aware of the juggernaut gaining speed just behind them.

Player Ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):

GK David De Gea, 8 -- Not the busiest of afternoons but...

Manchester United Report Card: The Premier League season so far

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol discuss whether or not Manchester United are Premier League title contenders.

With the Premier League season edging toward its halfway point, who has starred for Manchester United, and will Louis van Gaal take his side back to the Champions League at the first attempt? Here's a look at how Van Gaal's men have fared so far.

Grade: B-

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

An anticlimactic and frustrating start to the season, but it's getting better all the time.

Highlight

Thrashing Liverpool 3-0, obviously. The players earned some redemption after their rivals battered...

Man United target Gareth Bale still has plenty to offer Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Craig Burley is at odds with the latest Gareth Bale to Manchester United rumours as United are currently in the rebuilding process.

Gareth Bale may have enjoyed a highly decorated year at Real Madrid in 2014 but the Welshman still has plenty of chapters to his life at the Santiago Bernabeu before he even contemplates a move back to the Premier League.

With the winter transfer window edging closer, rumours and reports have been growing surrounding a move to Manchester United for the jet-heeled forward but those reports can be taken with a pinch of salt -- for the time being.

The Old Trafford club is reported to be weighing-up...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point in the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below. Click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Club-by-club guide

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Leicester
(C-)

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Hull City
(D)

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Burnley
(C-)

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Crystal Palace
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QPR
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West Brom
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Sunderland
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Stoke City
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 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point of the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions on their sides. Who's your side's unlikely hero and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below -- click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Club-by-club guide

Countdown
Leicester
(C-)

Countdown
Hull City
(D)

Countdown
Burnley
(C-)

Countdown
Crystal Palace
(C-)

Countdown
QPR
(E)

Countdown
West Brom
(D)

Countdown
Sunderland
(C)

Countdown
Stoke...