Chicharito was one of a few standout performers at Old Trafford, producing a display of great passion and perseverance as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men thrice came from behind against the Magpies.
Although guilty of missing several chances, most notably nodding two second-half headers onto the post and then into the arms of Tim Krul, the Little Pea was rewarded for his endeavours in the 90th minute, converting Michael Carrick's sublime cross to score a dramatic winner.
As a result, Ferdinand, who also believes victory was a necessity ahead of the busy New Year schedule, was quick to commend his diminutive teammate after the final whistle, explaining why defenders are content to play behind strikers of such quality and diligence.
“You don’t mind your forwards missing chances when they are always getting in there, making space and getting the chances,” Rio told MUTV.
“Chicharito doesn’t let his head go down when he misses an opportunity. He always has the will and desire to get in there in the first place. You get your rewards for that persistence, and he got his.”
- Rio Ferdinand