United somehow controlled the game for long periods despite being second-best in midfield. Scott Parker made sure that Scholes didn’t get a chance to go forward, Keane was a shadow of his former self and Fletcher was just… Fletcher. 😕
Defensive mistakes cost Newcastle both goals. Wayne Rooney got on to the end of a long Van der Sar punt for the first, taking advantage of Jean-Alain Boumsong’s failure to deal with the danger. Late in the game Rooney turned provider, bursting down the right wing and slotting a perfect pass to Ruud van Nistelrooy who was unmarked in the box.
It’s good to see United grinding out wins like this, but it’s still worrying that we aren’t creating enough chances. 👿
Here are the clips of the goals (12Mb each): Rooney 1-0, Ruud 2-0