Newcastle United has an extensive history with Manchester United, but they trail in the all-time series.
When Newcastle United and Manchester United kick off tomorrow, it will be the 164th time the clubs have met on the pitch across all competitions. They first faced off in 1895 when Manchester United took home a 5-1 victory in League Division Two action.
Unfortunately, the all-time series leans heavily towards Manchester United. They’ve won 83 of the 164 matches. Following a 4-3 win for Newcastle United in September of 2001, they would not defeat the Red Devils again until 2012. That was a ridiculous, 19 match run featuring only Manchester United victories or draws. It also included the longest win streak by one side in the rivalry, with Man United winning six straight from 2004 to 2006. Five of those matches came in Premier League play.
After that dominant run for Manchester United ended in 2012, things didn’t get much better for the Toon. Man United put together two, three-match win streaks over the Magpies. The most recent win for Newcastle, sitting in the middle of the six losses, came in December 2013, when Yohan Cabaye scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win.
In the 2015-16 season, Newcastle United’s relegation doomed campaign, the clubs played to a pair of draws. The match at St. James’ Park was a dramatic 3-3 match, with Paul Dummett scoring the equalizer in the 90th minute. Rafa Benitez will be thrilled with taking a point on the road against the powerful Manchester United squad. His Newcastle United club is still years away from competing consistently with the Premier League giants.