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Newcastle United

 By Lee Ryder

Newcastle's bleak Christmas continues with limp loss at Old Trafford

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes break down Manchester United's 3-1 victory over a faltering Newcastle.

Christmas has been anything but fun for Newcastle United fans. Amazingly, they're still trying to sing their way through it and at times at Old Trafford it would have been difficult for a football outsider to figure out which set of fans had just won 3-1 as the Toon Army backed their team right until the end.

Hot on the heels of the Tyne-Wear derby loss before Christmas, this defeat at the hands of a Manchester United side who might fancy their chances of keeping up with Chelsea was as predictable...

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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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Newcastle must show fighting spirit on Boxing Day

Alan Pardew believes that his players should draw on their experiences of good performances at Old Trafford as Newcastle prepare to play Manchester United on Boxing Day.

For a long time now, Newcastle United have been a team of extremes under Alan Pardew.

After the defeat to Sunderland on Sunday, Newcastle have won only one of their last six games. Before that the club won an impressive six in a row. And before that they'd not won any of their first seven league games!

The "Pardew out" movement knew all they had to do during the recent winning streak was sit back and wait for the appalling run of form and results to show up once again. Pardew described Sunday's derby...

 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.

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 By Lee Ryder

Newcastle United Report Card: The Magpies' Premier League season so far

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew reflects on his side's crushing 1-0 defeat to bitter rivals Sunderland.

With the Premier League season edging toward its halfway point, who has starred for Newcastle United and can the club build on the promising signs amid an inconsistent season under Alan Pardew? Here's a look at how Pardew's men have fared so far.

Grade: C+

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

Given the bad start, for Newcastle to be within swinging distance of a European place is a good recovery, while reaching the last eight of the League Cup wasn't a bad effort either given the Magpies were drawn...

Premier League's Best XI outside the established order

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ESPN FC's Best of the Rest.

Some facts get quoted so often they become footballing cliches. Seamus Coleman cost 60,000 pounds. Rickie Lambert used to work in a beetroot factory. And now there is the newest: Wilfried Bony has scored more Premier League goals than anyone else in 2014.

There are circumstances to explain what, at first, seemed a strange statistic. Luis Suarez, Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez spent only part of the calendar year in England. Daniel Sturridge and Sergio Aguero missed significant parts of it because...