Adam Armstrong takes a big stride forward in his Newcastle career

STAR ... Adam Armstrong.
STAR ... Adam Armstrong.

ADAM Armstrong will be stronger for his Premier League baptism of fire at Old Trafford

The forward made his full league debut in yesterday’s 3-1 defeat.

Two goals from Wayne Rooney, and another from Robin van Persie, saw Manchester United run out convincing winners.

Papiss Demba Cisse scored a late consolation for Newcastle after coming off the bench.

Manager Alan Pardew had started 17-year-old Armstrong up front alongside Ayoze Perez ahead of the experienced Cisse, who has been troubled by a knee problem since returning from long-term injury.

Armstrong didn’t get clearcut chance, but he worked tirelessly and impressed Pardew, who feels he will benefit from having played on such a big stage.

“I thought he did OK,” said Pardew.

“I felt sorry for Adam as in he had the shot and then they had the break and scored.

“I thought it was a good opportunity to give him debut on big stage.

“He’s going to have, I hope, a big career ahead of him. He showed little flashes. There’ll be more to come.”

Pardew must now decide who to field up front against Everton at St James’s Park tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Man United manager Louis van Gaal talked of his side’s “domination” of the in his post-match Press conference.

“We have dominated the game for 90 minutes,” said van Gaal. “And that’s the most important thing - that you can dominate inspite of a defensive way of playing of Newcastle, create chances and score goals.

“They were fantastic goals. I’m very pleased with the performance today.”

Van Gaal was also full of praise for two-goal striker Wayne Rooney.

“When you score two goals, and also give the assist for the third goal, you are also very happy as a manager,” said van Gaal. “He is also very happy.”