Opta Stats: Newcastle United v Manchester United

Can Manchester United ensure they retain their place in the top four with a victory over Newcastle? Opta delivers their statistical verdict.

Newcastle have failed to score in three of their last four home league meetings with Man Utd, though they did win the other 3-0. United are 2.77/4 to keep a clean sheet.

Robin van Persie has scored seven goals in his last nine Barclays Premier League starts against Newcastle. With Van Persie injured, under 2.5 goals is 1.855/6.

Wayne Rooney has netted 12 Premier League goals against the Magpies; a joint-high against any opponent along with Aston Villa. Rooney is 2.3611/8 to score.

Rooney is the first player in Premier League history to score 10+ goals in 11 consecutive seasons. He is 6.411/2 to score the first goal.

Juan Mata has scored three goals in his last three Premier League appearances at St James Park. Mata is 4.47/2 to score.

Newcastle have won just two of their last 24 Premier League matches against Man Utd (W2 D5 L17). United are 2.0621/20 to win.

Defeat on the road last time out against Swansea City ended a run of seven unbeaten for Man Utd away from home in the Premier League (W3 D4). The draw is 3.55n/a.

Newcastle have scored the highest percentage of second-half goals in the Premier League this season (69%). The Manchester United half-time/draw full-time double result is 17.5n/a.

Papiss Cissé has the best minutes per goal rate in the Premier League this season (min. 4 goals); one every 84 minutes. He is 3.65n/a to add to his tally.

Manchester United have lost just two of their last 17 Premier League matches (W11 D4 L2). They are 3.412/5 to win half-time/full-time.