Manchester United v Newcastle - All the stats

Ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Newcastle United, we bring you some interesting Opta Stats.

Manchester United will be hoping for three points as they welcome Newcastle United to Old Trafford on Boxing Day. 

The Red Devils' six-game winning run in the Premier League came to a shuddering halt last Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man Aston Villa at Villa Park, despite Radamel Falcao cancelling out Christian Benteke's opener.

The Magpies faced similar disappointment on Sunday when they lost the Tyne-Wear derby 1-0 at home to bitter rivals Sunderland, thanks to a last minute Adam Johnson goal.

Here are the top five statistics ahead of the Red Devils' Boxing Day encounter:

2 - Newcastle won at Old Trafford last season for the first time since February 1972, with Yohan Cabaye clinching the winner in a 1-0 scoreline. The Magpies, however, haven't won consecutive games in all competitions against the Red Devils at Old Trafford since March 1935.

17 - Manchester United have won 17 of the last 18 games and been victorious in the last 10 in a row on Boxing Day at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, the Red Devils have won 49 league games on December 26th - no side in English league history has managed a greater number of victories. 

6 - Robin van Persie has scored six goals and assisted three more in his last eight Premier League starts against Newcastle. After scoring nine goals in his first 10 league games for Manchester United against the Tyneside outfit, Wayne Rooney has failed to net in the last five appearances. 

3 - Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is the last man to score a hat-trick in this fixture. He achieved this feat in January 2008. The Portuguese international scored his first treble for the club as the Red Devils strolled to a comprehensive 6-0 victory. 

159 - These two sides have met 159 times in their history. Manchester United lead with 81 wins, while Newcastle has managed 41.

The biggest win, by margin, came for Newcastle back in 1927 when they defeated the Manchester United 7-1.

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