Newcastle United endured another difficult evening in the Premier League on Sunday night, falling to a 3-1 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford as their worrying form continued.

The Magpies headed into the game under real pressure with their cushion to the bottom three cut to just three points by Fulham following their 1-0 win against Sheffield United on Saturday. However, Steve Bruce’s side were unable to take anything from the game to pull themselves a little further clear of relegation trouble.

The result means the Magpies have now suffered eight defeats in their last 10 Premier League matches. That is an awful run of form which shows just how their once-sizeable gap to the bottom three has been eroded in recent weeks.

Bruce’s side have improved in recent weeks since changing their shape, and they were good in periods at Old Trafford – especially in the first half – but they still appear to be in real trouble. There was much more of an attacking threat about them in the opening 45 minutes and Allan Saint-Maximin can take confidence from his goal.

However, the way in which they tired in the second half will be a major concern, with them allowing a precious point to slip through their hands and gifting some poor goals to Manchester United. It seemed as though they lacked that killer instinct to realise that their opponents were not at their best, and instead handed them victory on a plate.

Here is how we rated the Magpies players in their latest setback at Old Trafford…