Player-by-player review by Mark Froggatt...
Antonio Valencia: Although again playing out of position at right-back, the Ecuadorian winger turned in a decent performance, using his considerable strength and versatility to cope with Ryan Taylor on Newcastle's left flank.
Rio Ferdinand: The returning centre-back used all of his experience to manage the Magpies’ significant aerial threat but he could have conceded a first-half penalty following a challenge on Demba Ba.
Phil Jones: Won his fair share of headers and tackles during a typically combative display, but he will have been disappointed to have scored the decisive own goal following a late mix-up with Lindegaard.
Patrice Evra: The captain showed his attacking threat after just 10 minutes, cutting inside to tee up Nani for a shot. Also crossed when Berbatov hit the post.
Nani: Went close in the first half, and plugged away in the second, but this was largely a frustrating night against Newcastle's well-organised defence.
Michael Carrick: Back in midfield following a spell in defence, the possession expert rarely gave it away despite sometimes being rattled by the impressive Cheick Tiote.