Five key stats ahead of Manchester United v Newcastle United

Newcastle head to Old Trafford looking to end a run of three straight defeats in all competitions Here are five key stats ahead of kick-off.

Eight – In 69 meetings with Newcastle United at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have suffered defeat eight times, with last season’s 1-0 victory for the Magpies at the ground the first away win for the Toon over Manchester United since the Premier League began.

Cabaye Bye – Newcastle will surely miss their French midfield dynamo. The current PSG star found the net in both of the Toon’s previous two victories over Manchester United, while Demba Ba, now of Besiktas, scored in their last home win over the Red Devils back in 2012.

Seven – Robin Van Persie has scored seven goals in 13 appearances against Newcastle for both Arsenal and Manchester United to date. The Dutchman has only scored more goals against three other Premier League sides in his career so far.

Barcelona – Louis van Gaal faced Newcastle United as a manager back during his days at the helm of Barca and while a Faustino Asprilla hat-trick saw his team beaten 3-2 at St James Park, he won his two other meetings with the club at the Nou Camp.

Two – A 2-0 victory for Manchester United on Boxing Day would mean that the Red Devils have scored exactly twice as many goals as they have conceded against Newcastle United at Old Trafford in some 70 previous encounters with a ratio of 154 scored to 77 conceded.

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