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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

Wayne Rooney was in fine form, scoring twice for Manchester United in their win over Newcastle.

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...

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Is Bale shipping off to Man United?

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.

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

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Wayne Rooney (23') Manchester United 1-0 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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Wayne Rooney grabs brace as Man United overcome Newcastle

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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Robin van Persie goal (53') Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle United

Wayne Rooney scored twice and set up another goal as Manchester United swatted Newcastle aside with an easy 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

Rooney finished a superb team goal to put United ahead and scored again before the break following a lovely through-ball from Juan Mata.

The United skipper helped kill off the game by pinging a 35-yard pass to Robin van Persie, who headed past Jak Alnwick, before Papiss Cisse scored a late consolation for the Magpies from the penalty spot.

Louis van Gaal's decision...