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Newcastle draw solace from 40-year wait for a win at Old Trafford


By Brian Sears

26 December 2012

Manchester United have played 394 Premier League games at Old Trafford in 21 seasons, winning 296, losing 32 and drawing 66.

Sixteen different teams have beaten them in those 32 home defeats in the PL era but the visitors on Boxing Day, Newcastle, are not among those 16.

Newcastle have not won a league game at Old Trafford for more than 40 years, since the 1971-72 season, when goals from John Tudor and Stewart Barrowclough secured a 2-0 win on 12 February 1972.

The United of Manchester finished that season eighth, three places above the United from Newcastle, both below champions Derby, who won their first league title under Brian Clough, picking up the first major trophy of his managerial career.

Since that Newcastle win, they have played 28 times at Old Trafford in the league, losing 18 and drawing 10.

Of those 28 games, 18 have been played in the Premier League era – a period when nobody has drawn more than Newcastle’s seven times.

Chelsea have also drawn seven, but then Chelsea have won five in that period.

Of the 44 teams who have visited Manchester United in the Premier League, 28 have never won, but of those Newcastle are arguably the side who have come closest to doing so most often.

See the graphic at the bottom for full details.


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