This week sees English football at it’s most chaotic, congested and arguably it’s finest.
Indeed, just two days after the end of the ever-dramatic third round of the FA Cup, the Premier League is back in action with a batch of predictably close-knit fixtures.
These two sides are Premier League institutions and have partaken in countless clashes since the division’s incarnation back in 1992, amid a rivalry made famous – or perhaps infamous – by Kevin Keegan’s legendary rant as both clubs honed in on the 1997 title.
That also means there’s plenty of statistics to look back on, to help us try and predict the outcome of tonight’s match. History, after all, does have a tendency to repeat itself – especially in the Premier League.
So without further ado, here’s SEVEN key stats you need to know about tonight’s game.
Newcastle have suffered 25 Premier League defeats against Manchester United; their joint-highest tally in the competition against an opponent (alongside Arsenal).
Manchester United have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League away games versus Newcastle United (W9 D2 L1)
Newcastle have only lost two of their last seven at St James’ Park (W2, D3)
Newcastle have lost more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side this season (12).
United have lost their last two Premier League away games (at Bournemouth and Stoke) – they have not lost three successive top-flight away matches since January 1996.
Louis van Gaal’s side have kept a league-high 10 clean sheets this season, but they have only kept one in their last five league matches.
Wayne Rooney scored in Manchester United’s last Premier League game against Swansea – however the England striker hasn’t netted in successive league appearances since November 2014