Wayne Rooney key as Manchester United visit St. James' Park

Ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Newcastle United at St. James Park, we bring you all the best Opta stats.

Manchester United will be desperate to continue the push for a top-four place, as they seek to improve on a record of just three away wins, with their upcoming trip to Newcastle United. 

Here are the top five statistics ahead of Wednesday's encounter:

7 - Manchester United have lost just two of their last 17 Premier League matches (W11 D4 L2). Defeat on the road last time out against Swansea City ended a run of seven unbeaten for the Red Devils away from home in the English top flight (W3 D4).

 2014/15 Home Form AppearancesWonDrawnLostPoints
Swansea 14 7 4 3 25
 2014/15 Away Form AppearancesWonDrawnLostPoints
Man Utd 13 3 7 3 16

12 - Wayne Rooney has netted 12 Premier League goals against the Magpies; a joint-high against any opponent along with Aston Villa. Last weekend the Red Devils skipper became the first player in Premier League history to score 10+ goals in 11 consecutive seasons.

 2014/15 Top Scorers TeamGoalsAppearancesMinutes Played
Papiss Demba Cissé Newcastle 11 18 924
Wayne Rooney Man Utd 10 23 2,023
Robin van Persie Man Utd 10 24 1,993
Ayoze Pérez Newcastle 5 26 1,598
Juan Mata Man Utd 5 22 1,485

3 - St. James' Park is also a favoured hunting ground for Juan Mata. The Spaniard has scored three goals in his last three Premier League appearances on Tyneside. Having featured for just 20 minutes in his previous two appearances, he could be in line for a start against the Magpies this evening. 

2 - Newcastle have won just two of their last 24 Premier League matches against Manchester United (W2 D5 L17). The Magpies have also failed to score in three of their last four home league meetings with the Red Devils, though they did win the other 3-0.

69 - Ahead of this tie, Newcastle have scored the highest percentage of second half goals in the Premier League this season (69%). Meanwhile, Papiss Cisse has the best minutes per goal rate in the league this season (min. 4 goals); one every 84 minutes.

  TeamGoals ScoredMinutes per GoalAppearances
Papiss Demba Cissé Newcastle 11 84 18
Frank Lampard Man City 5 89.4 21
Sergio Agüero Man City 17 91.94 22
Diego Costa Chelsea 17 99.53 20
Harry Kane Tottenham 14 108.64 22

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