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Manchester United v Newcastle United: Greatest matches

The countdown is on for Manchester United and Newcastle United fans, as they will soon go head-to-head at Wembley.

WhatManchester United v Newcastle United, EFL Cup final
WhereWembley Stadium, London
When16:30, Sunday 26th February 2023
How to watchSky Sports Main Event & Football
Odds (FT)Man Utd 6/5, Draw 23/10, Newcastle 12/5

Sunday's EFL Cup final will present them with the chance to win the first domestic trophy of the campaign, and the nerves will soon kick in for both teams ahead of kick-off. 

Erik ten Hag's men are the 6/5 favourites for Sunday's tie, while the draw is available at 23/10. Newcastle are 5/2 to win the trophy for the first time, and they will hope to get the job done under Eddie Howe.

For the neutral, Sunday's final has the potential to be a special occasion in a fixture that has brought us so many good memories in the past. 

With that in mind, we take a look at some of the famous meetings between the two teams over the years.

Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester United - March 1996 

Kevin Keegan's passionate TV interviews were at the heart of Newcastle's attempt to win the Premier League title, but in the end, the pressure finally got to the Magpies. 

Keegan's men had initially moved 12 points clear at the top of the table, but a poor run in February helped United close the gap. 

When they met at St James' Park in March, the Red Devils moved to within one point of their rivals thanks to a 1-0 win. 

Forward Eric Cantona scored the winning goal, meeting a Phil Neville cross to seal the win. Keegan eventually lost his head in an interview after beating Leeds - who Ferguson had suggested might have tried harder against his side than Keegan's - before United went on to win the title.

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Newcastle United 5-0 Manchester United - October 1996 

Revenge is a dish best served cold. While the Red Devils got what they wanted in May, five months later, they were humbled by the Magpies in the north east. 

It's not often Newcastle can celebrate a rout of the Manchester giants, but they did in October 1996. Darren Peacock's opener was slightly controversial, with Peter Schmeichel and Denis Irwin protesting it had not crossed the line. 

There was no doubt about the rest of the goals, though, with David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, and Philippe Albert all finding the back of the net. 

Albert's effort is still played over and over again, with his delicate chip a joy to watch for Newcastle fans.

Newcastle United 2-6 Manchester United - April 2003

Another thrilling game at St James' Park, but one in which the visitors prevailed this time. The clash in 2003 was the last time Newcastle were considered title challengers, something they hope can change under Eddie Howe, of course. 

Sir Bobby Robson was in charge of the Magpies for this clash, and he watched on as Jermaine Jenas opened the scoring. There was little to celebrate after this, though, for the Magpies, as United tore them apart for the rest of the match. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy all scored one each, while Paul Scholes scored a hat-trick. 

United had beaten Newcastle 5-3 in the first meeting that season, so they completed the double in style.

Manchester United 6-0 Newcastle United - January 2008 

A resounding victory for the Red Devils, and this was one of the club's best domestic displays under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Ferguson's men were one of the best teams in Europe at this point, and this was when Cristiano Ronaldo was at his best for the club. 

The Portugal international scored a hat-trick; Carlos Tevez scored a brace, while Rio Ferdinand added another. 

To make matters worse, former midfielder Alan Smith, then playing for Newcastle, was sent off in the final minute.

Manchester United 4-3 Newcastle United - December 2012 

A Boxing Day clash to be savoured at Old Trafford, with the home side prevailing in a head-to-head battle. 

Newcastle opened the scoring through James Perch, only for his goal to be cancelled out by Jonny Evans. 

Evans then scored in the wrong net to give Newcastle hope, and the two sides went toe-to-toe for at least 75 minutes. 

Patrice Evra, Papiss Cisse, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez all found the back of the net that day, and the Mexico international sealed the win at the death after he converted Michael Carrick's cross. 

There have been numerous tussles between the two sides over the years, but there was no drama in the first meeting this season at Old Trafford, which ended 0-0. 

Sunday's game could be a classic with so much riding on it, and we can only hope it adds to the collection of great fixtures from over the years.

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