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Manchester United made it 11 Boxing Day wins in a row, with a 3-1 victory against Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney put United in front from a fine Radamel Falcao cross. The Red Devils’ skipper added another, his 12th Premier League goal against Newcastle, then supplied the cross for Robin van Persie to score a third goal.
Papiss Cisse netted a late consolation from the spot for Newcastle but Louis van Gaal’s team are now unbeaten in eight Premier League matches.
Newcastle could reflect on referee Mike Jones’ failure to spot Juan Mata clipping Yoan Gouffran’s heels inside the box when the contest was still goalless. But once Rooney had completed a sensational move to nudge United ahead, there was no way back for the visitors.
Man Utd (Rooney 23’ & 36’; Van Persie 53’)
Newcastle (Cisse 87’ – penalty)