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Newcastle 3 Manchester United 3: Things Learned and Key Talking Points

Manchester United fans all over the world are still trying to figure out whether they want cautious football and results or they can settle for entertaining football but not the desires results.

Last night against Newcastle, we saw the real problem for Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United. They can either defend well, and not attack, or they can attack but cannot defend. However, none of these scenarios will be fully acceptable by United supporters.

In the 3-3 draw at St. James’ Park, we saw the very best from Manchester United and Wayne Rooney. Counter attacking game was at it’s best, but defense went for a toss. On the wake of full-time result, we take a look at key things learned and talking point from United’s draw against Newcastle last night.

Wayne Rooney deserves all the plaudits he can

Newcastle 3 Manchester United 3: Things Learned and Talking Points

When United are not playing well, he is the first player to be bashed by media and experts. Last night, he scored 2 goals and one of them was a cracker. After getting smashed all season long, it is now time for Rooney to get his due share of praise from the fans and the ever-fickle media persons.

Fellaini is a waste of time for United

Louis Van Gaal is on a mission to restore fans’ faith in the Belgium International, however, the player is doing very little to help his manager. Last night, the only thing he did correctly was to defend set pieces. Playing from central midfield, he was just occupying the space and not doing enough.

Take a bow Mike Dean

Some of the refereeing decisions last night were the highlight of the 3-3 draw at St. James’ Park. Dean gave away two decisions, which experts had varied opinions on. Mbemba’s pen call was a bold one, while Smalling’s foul was almost setting a benchmark for other officials in the league.

Newcastle 3 Manchester United 3: Things Learned and Talking Points

Newcastle aren’t doomed just yet

They may be in the bottom 3 of league table, but the kind of football, they are playing, one gets a feeling that they will be fine when season ends. With Jonjo Shelvey joining them from Swansea, it will add a lot of balance and flair to their midfield and to the general play.

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