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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.


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

Radamel Falcao: I knew I would be leaving Atletico after just four months

Radamel Falcao left for France in the summer of 2013.

Radamel Falcao insists that he knew he would not be staying at Atletico Madrid long "due to economic problems the club was experiencing."

Falcao, currently on loan at Manchester United from AS Monaco, scored 70 goals during his time in Spain before leaving Madrid for Monaco in the summer of 2013.

Having moved from River Plate to Porto for just four million euros in 2009, Falcao was sold for 40 million euros to Atletico in 2011 before being sold on again two years later for 60 million euros...

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Prem: United, Spurs clash at White Hart Lane

The festive period in the Premier League continues with nine games on Sunday, highlighted by Manchester United's trip to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur.


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