Introducing Manchester United's Premier League opponents...
St James’ Park | Capacity 52,405 | 151 miles from OT
Manager: Alan Pardew
Last season: 10th
Our PL record v Newcastle: W23 D12 L5
When do we meet? (H) Fri 26 Dec 15:00; (A) Wed 4 Mar 19:45
What does the web say? "This side needs a minimum of a top ten finish, but they should be aiming to improve on last season’s tenth place, possibly even pushing into the top eight." EPL Index.
Memorable meetings: The early weeks of 2008 saw United put 11 goals past the Magpies – a 6-0 win at OT on 12 January, and a 5-1 victory on Tyneside on 21 February.
Tell me something I don’t know: Current Leicester boss Nigel Pearson was in temporary charge of Newcastle for that six-goal drubbing, having stepped in following the sacking of Sam Allardyce.
QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Loftus Road | Capacity 18,439 | 203 miles from OT
Manager: Harry Redknapp
Last season: Championship play-off winners
Our PL record v QPR: W10 D2 L0
When do we meet? (H) Sun 14 Sep 16:00; (A) Sat 17 Jan 15:00
What does the web say? "Much depends upon Loic Remy’s presence, but QPR should have enough about them to pull clear of the relegation fight. Their defence earned them promotion and has been further improved, while Remy’s return will ensure the goals that should keep them clear." Squawka.com.
Memorable meetings: The Reds went 15 points clear at the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Loftus Road in February 2013, thanks to a spectacular shot from Rafael and a goal from Ryan Giggs on his 999th career appearance.
Tell me something I don’t know: Former United midfield general Ray Wilkins is the oldest player to have turned out for QPR – he was 39 years and 352 days old on his last outing for the Rs in September 1996.
St Mary’s Stadium | Capacity 32,589 | 225 miles from OT
Manager: Ronald Koeman
Last season: 8th
Our PL record v Southampton: W21 D4 L5
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