Man Utd vs Newcastle 19/11/2017
Only once Man Utd have lost in their last 32 league matchups against Newcastle at Old Trafford.
That was a 1-0 defeat in 2013 during the ill-fated David Moyes era. Yohan Cabaye scored the winning goal that day.
22 of the other 31 meetings went Red Devils’ way.
Now, under the cautious Jose Mourinho, the 20-time English champions will be looking to win seven straight EPL home matches without conceding.
Should they accomplish that feat, it will match the run they enjoyed under a certain Sir Alex Ferguson in the 2009/10 campaign.
Rafa Benitez, Fergie’s old rival, is also attempting to become the first manager in EPL history to win at Old Trafford with three different away clubs, having won there with Chelsea and Liverpool previously.
The spotlight will be on Romelu Lukaku though. The Belgian has lost his mojo of late, enduring a seven-match scoring funk. He scored 11 goals in his first 10 games for United!
Lukaku has a fine scoring record against Newcastle, having been directly involved in nine goals in eight EPL appearances against them.
Phil Jones will be assessed after returning to the club for treatment.
The defender picked up a thigh problem during international duty with England, while Marouane Fellaini made a positive return to action as a substitute against Chelsea before the international break.
There is still no further update on when Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic could make their comebacks though.
Mikel Merino has been suffering with a back problem and is a doubt. Paul Dummett, meanwhile, is not expected to return from his hamstring injury until next month.