Man United will win, keep a clean sheet and Wayne Rooney will score, judging by these Opta stats…
Newcastle v Man United
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Match Odds: Newcastle 4.57/2, Man United 1.991/1, The Draw 3.613/5
Newcastle have won just two of their last 24 Premier League matches against Man United
The even more telling number is that Newcastle lost a massive 17 of those games, including eight of the last 11 at St James’ Park. The Tyneside showdowns in the past two seasons both ended in emphatic away victories, with the 20-time champions prevailing 3-0 in 2012/13 and then going one better in 2013/14.
As much as Man United haven’t been at their best on the road under Louis van Gaal, they were unbeaten in ten road trips prior to the recent setback at Swansea. The Red Devils are also in far better Premier League form than they receive credit for, winning 11 and drawing four of their last 17.
Recommended Bet: Back Man United to win @ 1.991/1
Newcastle have failed to score in three of their last four home league meetings with Man United
Another misconception about Man United this term is that the constant defensive rotation has resulted in abject rearguard displays, only occasionally salvaged by David de Gea’s majesty.
In fact, Man United have the conceded the third fewest goals of any Premier League team in 2014/15 – less than Man City and Arsenal – shipping at a rate of under one a game.
Newcastle have fired blanks in three of their last eight fixtures, including the two against top-four sides, and struck just once in four of the other encounters in that sequence.
Recommended Bet: Back Man United to keep a clean sheet @ 2.68/5
Wayne Rooney has netted 12 Premier League goals against the Magpies
Aston Villa are the only other opponents to have suffered at the feet of Rooney as often as Newcastle, and the potential for suffering is greater than usual this time with the Man United skipper enthused by his return to his favoured forward position.
The 29-year-old notched twice on his attacking re-emergence against Sunderland at the weekend, taking his Premier League tally to double figures despite his midfield deployment.
Rooney is the first player to score ten-plus in 11 successive Premier League campaigns, and two of this season’s tally came at home to Newcastle.
Recommended Bet: Back Rooney to score @ 2.89/5