Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted with their 3-0 win at Newcastle United.

United effectively had the game won within 16 minutes as they surged into a 2-0 lead without breaking sweat.

First central defender Jonny Evans was allowed to run on to Robin van Persie's eighth-minute corner and power a header past keeper Steve Harper, and then full-back Patrice Evra applied a similarly comprehensive final touch to Wayne Rooney's 16th-minute corner to extend the lead.

Ferguson said: "It's strange - we played such good football and made a lot of good openings, but we scored from two set-pieces, which is unusual for us, so we will take it, anyway.

"Patrice, I think has only scored two goals and I think Jonny Evans has only scored two goals."