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Man of the match candidates:

Tom Cleverley
Jonny Evans
Patrice Evra
Rio Ferdinand
Rafael
Wayne Rooney

Cast your vote here

07/10/2012 19:01, Report by Adam Marshall

Star man vs Newcastle

Manchester

United's superb performance at Newcastle obviously threw up a number of candidates for the regular ManUtd.com Man of the Match award.

Keeping a clean sheet at the Sports Direct Arena was a tremendous feat and the back four, in particular, were outstanding. Jonny Evans opened the scoring, after already setting up a chance for Danny Welbeck with a neat flick, and defended with confidence and intelligence.

Alongside the Northern Ireland international, Rio Ferdinand was always in control and assured throughout with full-backs Rafael and Patrice Evra also in excellent form. The Brazilian was unlucky with an unerring drive that flew just wide while the skipper grabbed a rare goal and was back to his best on the left flank.

Tom Cleverley can be proud of his first Barclays Premier League strike for the club, and a lively display in midfield, and Wayne Rooney continues to shine in a deeper role - racking up a couple of assists and working tirelessly for the team.

Make your vote count for United's Man of the Match at manutd.com/polls.

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