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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

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 counter-attacks 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 where their team might soon compete with Chelsea and Manchester City.

United have...

Wayne Rooney grabs brace as Manchester 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...

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38 minutes ago

Prem: Cisse -- Newcastle goal (87')

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Papiss Demba Cisse goal (87') Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United

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Prem: Van Persie -- Man United goal (53')

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

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Prem: Rooney -- Man United goal (36')

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Wayne Rooney goal (36') Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle United

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