EPL As it Happened - Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United
Manchester United vs Newcastle United, English Premier League (EPL) - live score, news updates, live football match report and result from Old Trafford on Friday.
Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United rewarded manager Louis van Gaal's decision to grant his players Christmas Day off by beating Newcastle United 3-1 on Friday. Catch all the highlights of the match here: (Scorecard)
Rooney, relishing the deeper midfield role which he has been assigned recently, effectively decided the contest with two lethal finishes and set up a third goal for Robin van Persie in the second half.
But although United won for the 18th time in their last 21 Boxing Day outings, they were obliged to survive a spirited opening quarter to the match from Alan Pardew's visitors.