Goals from Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie were enough for Manchester United to get all three points on the night to help them cement the third position in the league table. It is also United’s seventh victory in their last eight games. Let us look at the three talking points from the match:


Sparkling strike force



Having strikers of Van Persie, Falcao and Rooney’s ilk in the squad, it is no wonder that United are relying on their strikers to get them all three points. United’s attacking force have not let them down as they have been scoring the majority of the team goals.


Rooney and Van Persie have scored 16 goals in between them out of the 33 United have scored this season in the league. The duo was on fire against Newcastle United, as Rooney scored twice and set another for his strike partner Persie.


With the way United are defending, they need their strikers on fire to get them out of trouble. Rooney and Persie are doing exactly the same.


Ashley Young’s sizzling form



The English winger is enjoying his best time at Old Trafford currently. Not long ago he was on the verge of leaving the club but, his adaptability helped him stay with the club.


Not many are sure what is Young’s best football — is it the winger or the wing back position? But no one will care about it if Young can keep up this good form going. He was United’s best attacking outlet in the opening exchanges.


He gave a torrid time for Janmaat by regularly beating him to provide good crosses into the box. He should have had an assist if Falcao had managed to find the back of the net with his inch perfect cross in the first half.


Return of Rafael



It’s been a while since Rafael has played for Manchester United. Not many will realize that Valencia was playing as the make shift wing back or full back to fill the space left by the Brazilian.


Despite Valencia’s decent form, many were hoping for the little Brazilian to return from his injury to steady the ship at the back. So it would have been good to see Rafael make a late run as a substitute against Newcastle.


Rafael is a very active footballer who gives his 100 percent every time he plays for the Reds. He may be a bit rash at times but, he is certainly a better defender than Valencia. It is unclear about who will start in the right hand side against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday.


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