Yet another humiliating defeat for the Red Devils. Wayne Rooney's return to the squad made hardly any difference on Wednesday night when Manchester United were thrashed 0-3 by Newcastle United at the Sport Direct Arena Park.

The Magpies started the encounter with remarkable determination and confidence. Demba Ba volleyed in the opener on 33 minutes. Yohan Cabaye doubled the lead on 47 minutes when he scored with a brilliant free-kick into the top corner.

Phil Jones' own goal at second-half stoppage time sealed the victory in favour of the Magpies. In fact, Jones was trying to divert the ball with a defensive header, but it went past his own keeper.

Overall, it was a miserable evening for Sir Alex Ferguson. United were lacking in coherence and determination, especially in defensive midfield. Rooney rejoined the starting line-up but was later substituted. The star striker was apparently distracted by the bitter events of the New Year's weekend. Fergie's decision to move against him over a boozy night out with some of his teammates seems to have backfired. But Jones' last minute blunder turned out to be the most unkindest cut of all for Sir Alex.

Here's how the action unfolded on Wednesday night:

Manchester United's Park Ji-Sung challenged by Newcastle United's Tiote and Williamson during their English Premier League soccer match in Newcastle.Reuters
Newcastle United's Cabaye celebrates scoring with teamates during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United.Reuters
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson shakes hands with Rooney after substituting him during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United in Newcastle.Reuters
Manchester United's Nani challenges Newcastle United's Tiote during their English Premier League soccer match in Newcastle.Reuters
Newcastle United's Krul saves the ball from Manchester United's Rooney during their English Premier League soccer match in Newcastle.Reuters