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Wayne Rooney has hailed Manchester United's defensive strength after helping them past Newcastle United

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Wayne Rooney: Helped Manchester United to an impressive win on Tyneside

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Wayne Rooney says Manchester United's 3-0 victory over Newcastle United on Sunday represents a 'great result' for the club.

The Red Devils were able to pick up three points and a much-needed clean sleet on Tyneside, with goals from Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra and Tom Cleverley seeing them to a comfortable win.

Rooney played his part by dictating play from a deep-lying post, but he was quick to salute Manchester United's all-round performance at the final whistle.

He told Sky Sports: "It's a great result. Everyone knows this is probably one of the hardest games of the season. We came here, defended brilliantly. We fully deserved the victory.

"The first six games of the season we haven't defended well enough - not just the back four, the whole team, and today we were brilliant against a physical team."

Rooney himself is still to get his first goal of the season, but he claimed he was "not concerned" by the continuing wait.

Cleverley added: "Away from home, any clean sheet is massive. I thought the back four and goalkeeper were fantastic."

There was some doubt over whether the midfielder meant his excellent 25-yard finish or if he had over-hit his attempt to pick out Robin van Persie at the far post.

Cleverley insisted: "I meant to put it in the far corner."