Manchester United have lost only one of their last 12 Premier League games at Newcastle United going into Tuesday night’s latest encounter at St James’ Park.
Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is expected to be fit despite a hamstring issue which saw him substituted as a precautionary measure at half-time of the FA Cup defeat to Watford at the weekend, but Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita are doubtful with hamstring injuries of their own. Rolando Aarons could be involved after recovering from an ankle injury.
Manchester United, meanwhile, are likely to be without Bastian Schweinsteiger after he suffered a knee injury in the narrow 1-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield United on Saturday evening. Morgan Schneiderlin could be rested after Louis van Gaal said the midfielder was in the “red zone”.
- Manchester United have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League away games against Newcastle United (W9 D2 L1).
- 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).
- Newcastle have suffered 25 Premier League defeats against Manchester United, their joint-highest tally in the competition against an opponent (alongside Arsenal).
- The Magpies have failed to score and have attempted just eight shots on target in their last three Premier League home games against Manchester United.
- Wayne Rooney has scored 12 Premier League goals against Newcastle – only against Aston Villa (13) has he scored more often.
- 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.
- 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 United have lost three successive matches by a 1-0 scoreline.
- The Magpies have made a league-low 307 touches inside the opposition box so far this season.
- Newcastle have lost more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side this season (12).