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: