Who could ever forget the moment when Kevin Keegan lost his temper on live television in response to comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson - "I will love it if we beat them - love it!"
Still quoted today, Keegan's rant is regarded as a pivotal moment in the 1995/96 title race when United overhauled Newcastle's one-time 14-point lead to win the championship. And although King Kev never again came close to finishing above Ferguson in the table, their head-to-head encounters still generated plenty of colour and column inches in the press.
Prior to their first meeting since 2005, ManUtd.com recalls some classic bouts between the two bosses, starting with five great Ferguson wins:
27 Dec 1995 - United 2 Newcastle 0
A game the Reds really needed to win after their rivals went into Christmas 10 points clear in the title race. Goals by ex-Newcastle striker Andy Cole and Roy Keane reduced the gap at the top.
4 Mar 1996 - Newcastle 0 United 1
On a crucial trip to Tyneside, Cantona’s goal cut Newcastle's lead to just three points. With a game in hand, the Reds were now on a roll.
11 Aug 1996 - United 4 Newcastle 0
United v Newcastle
21/08/93 - St James’ Park - 1-1
11/12/93 - Old Trafford - 1-1
26/10/94 - St James’ - 0-2 (Lge Cup)
29/10/94 - Old Trafford - 2-0
15/01/95 - St James’ Park - 1-1
27/12/95 - Old Trafford - 2-0
04/03/96 - St James’ Park - 1-0
11/08/96 - Wembley - 4-0 (C Shield)
20/10/96 - St James’ Park - 0-5
United v Fulham
14/02/99 - Old Trafford - 1-0 (FA Cup)
United v Man City
09/11/02 - Maine Road - 1-3
09/02/03 - Old Trafford - 1-1
13/12/03 - Old Trafford - 3-1
14/02/04 - Old Trafford - 4-2 (FA Cup)
14/03/04 - Eastlands - 1-4
07/11/04 - Old Trafford - 0-0
13/02/05 - Eastlands - 2-0