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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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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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Tottenham, Man United meet on the cusp of achieving their objectives

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

Very few associated with Manchester United will recall 2014 as their favourite year. It shall be remembered as when the club came loose of its bearings, abandoned a devotion to slow-burning stability and broke the bank to try and recover.

Two matches against Tottenham Hotspur will bookend 2014. New Year's Day saw a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford end a spell of optimism for the troubled, doomed reign of former manager David Moyes. That evening, a befuddled Moyes was forced to admit his team had already...

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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...