NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Paul Dummett of Newcastle United celebrates as he scores their third and equalising goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on January 12, 2016 at Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Newcastle United 3-3 Manchester United: Player Ratings From a Titanic Clash

​Newcastle United and Manchester United played out one of the most exciting and dramatic Premier League games in recent memory on Tuesday night, producing a 3-3 draw on a memorable night inside St. James' Park. 


After a rollercoaster clash that saw a rejuvenated Wayne Rooney clinch Man of the Match, it was Steve McClaren congratulating his players as Louis van Gaal struggled to hide his frustration after twice being in front and watching his side convert a number of chances. 


Here are the ratings. 

6. Newcastle Defence

Rob Elliot - 6

Couldn't have done much about any of the goals but made a crucial stop from Fellaini's header to ensure United stayed in sight. 


Daryl Janmaat - 6

Defensively, he was quite poor, but marauded forward really well and should have won a penalty when he went down under a clumsy challenge from Lingard.


Chancel Mbemba - 5

Didn't have the greatest time up against Rooney, Martial and Lingard and always ran the risk of conceding a penalty when he extended his arm fully to stop Fellaini's header.


Fabricio Coloccini - 7

Brilliant performance from the captain, who made a number of vital challenges, including one to stop a certain Rooney goal, while contributing the diagonal pass which led to Wijanldum's goal. 


Paul Dummett - 7

Admittedly, he struggled with Martial in the first half but what a goal he came up with to snatch a point. Brilliant, unstoppable finish. 

5. Newcastle Midfield

Moussa Sissoko - 6

In a game filled with great attacking performances, the powerful midfielder struggled to really shine and was outshone by his team-mates. 


Cheikh Tiote - 6

Booked and, at times, looked off the pace, but he made a crucial interception which led to Wijnaldum's goal - which is exactly what he's paid to do. 


Jack Colback - 6

There's a criticism of Colback that he doesn't score enough and that seemed to ring true as he hesitated to shoot in a promising position on the edge of the six yard area.


Georginio Wijnaldum - 8

Excellent, and not for the first time this season. His equaliser was magnificently taken and he was a driving force as Newcastle rallied back into the game in the second half. 

4. Newcastle Attack

Ayoze Perez - 5

Didn't sparkle and was often on the periphery as his partner up front provided much of the impact. 


Aleksandar Mitrovic - 7

Really fine display from the physical striker, who showed some fantastic hold-up play and converted his penalty with aplomb. 

3. United Defence

David de Gea - 7

The Spaniard was typically excellent, making some brilliant saves but he was let down by his defence, especially Smalling in conceding the penalty. 


Ashley Young - 7

A constant menace down the right flank, whipping in some brilliant crosses and combining with Martial effectively. 


Chris Smalling - 5

An uncharacteristically poor game from the centre-half, who was sucked in for the first goal before his reckless physicality led to the penalty after he hauled Mitrovic down. 


Daley Blind - 6

More assured than his partner in defence, the Dutchman also showed some great passing moments after bringing the ball out of the back. 


Matteo Darmian - 6

Plenty of roving runs forward but the Italian was erratic at times in his end product. 

2. United Midfield

Marouane Fellaini - 4

A shocker from the Belgian, who got himself booked early on before missing a golden chance to put the game to bed with the score at 3-2. 


Morgan Schneiderlin - 6

The Frenchman broke up play wonderfully well at times but failed to close down Dummett for Newcastle's third. 


Anthony Martial - 6

Plenty of positive moments running at the Newcastle defence but his touch seemed to elude him at times and he didn't have his scoring boots on. 


Ander Herrera - 7

Creatively, United's most influential player until he was withdrawn. More displays like this will keep him in the starting line-up. 


Jesse Lingard - 7

Tracked back well and scored a brilliant goal on the counter to cap an eye-catching display from the winger. 

1. United Attack

Wayne Rooney - 8.5

This is something like what United fans have been crying out for months now. Rooney was United's best player, converting a penalty and rifling home a brilliant second as well as illustrating genius vision to set up Lingard with a blind, reverse pass. 


Subs

Memphis Depay - 7

It was him cutting inside and causing problems for the Newcastle defence that led to Rooney's second goal. 


Juan Mata - 6

Came on with 15 minutes left but it was not enough time for the Spaniard to influence the game.