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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.

United...

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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.

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

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney set to keep midfield spot

The ESPN FC panel discuss Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's recent comments on his periphery coaching style during Premier League matches.

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says that he will continue to use captain Wayne Rooney as a midfielder.

"When you score two goals and you give the assist to the third goal, then you are happy as the manager," Van Gaal said, describing Rooney's decisive performance in the 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

"He is very happy also." Rooney scored United's first two goals, and set up Robin van Persie for United's third against the Magpies, who could only celebrate a late consolation...

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Angel Di Maria suffered pelvic injury, confirms Louis van Gaal

The ESPN FC panel preview Week 19's much-anticipated match between Manchester United and Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the Premier League.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is waiting to discover the full extent of Angel Di Maria's latest injury setback.

Di Maria missed United's 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day after picking up a pelvic injury in training ahead of the match at Old Trafford.

The Argentina international had only recently returned to fitness after limping off early in his side's 3-0 win over Hull on Nov 29.

"He stepped out of the warm up," Van Gaal said. "It was a little bit amazing because he did everything...