Opta Stats: Newcastle v Manchester United

Can Louis van Gaal inspire Manchester United when they visit Newcastle?
Can Louis van Gaal inspire Manchester United when they visit Newcastle?
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Manchester United come edge closer to the top four with a win over Newcastle. Opta weighs up the possibilities.

"The Magpies have made a league-low 307 touches inside the opposition box so far this season."

Under 1.5 goals is 3.259/4.

Newcastle have suffered 25 Premier League defeats against Manchester United; their joint-highest tally in the competition against an opponent (alongside Arsenal). Manchester United are 1.865/6 to win.

Manchester United have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League away games versus Newcastle United (W9 D2 L1). The draw is 3.7511/4.

In fact, only away to Everton at Goodison Park and Aston Villa at Villa Park (both 15 wins) have Manchester United won more Premier League away games than versus Newcastle at St James' Park (12). The draw half-time/Manchester United full-time double result is 5.24/1.

The Magpies have failed to score and have attempted just eight shots on target in their last three Premier League home games against Man Utd. You can back Manchester United to keep a clean sheet at 2.3211/8.

Wayne Rooney has scored 12 Premier League goals against Newcastle United - only against Aston Villa (13) has he scored more often. Rooney is 2.915/8 to find the net.

Rooney scored in Manchester United's last Premier League game against Swansea - the England striker hasn't netted in successive league appearances since November 2014. Under 2.5 goals is 1.768/11.

The Red Devils have lost their last two Premier League away games (at Bournemouth and Stoke) - they have not lost three successive top-flight away matches since January 1996. Newcastle are 5.14/1 to inflict another defeat.

Newcastle United have lost three successive matches by a 0-1 scoreline. Manchester United are 7.26/1 to win 1-0.

The Magpies have made a league-low 307 touches inside the opposition box so far this season. Under 1.5 goals is 3.259/4.

Newcastle have lost more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side this season (12). The Newcastle half-time/draw full-time double result is 21.020/1.

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