Louis Van Gaal is going for three defeats in a row at St. James’ Park.

Over a period of 18 years he will make his third appearance as a manager tonight against Newcastle United, with his third different time.

Van Gaal made it three home wins in a row as a manager against Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, having won with Barcelona 1-0 in the Champions League in Spain and in Holland 2-0 with AZ Alkmaar (4-4 and the Ditch side won on away goals rule).

However, what better portent for tonight than a returning manager who helped deliver one of the most enjoyable nights most of us have seen at St. James’ Park…

Wednesday 17 September 1997

Newcastle United 3 (Tino 3) Barcelona 2

NUFC: Given, Barton, Watson, Albert, Beresford, Barnes, Batty, Lee, Gillespie, Tomasson, Asprilla

Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Barca: Hesp, Sergi, Nadal, Reiziger, Figo, Enrique, De La Pena, Celades, Anderson, Rivaldo, Amunike

Manager: Louis Van Gaal

Thursday 8 March 2007

Newcastle United 4 (OG, Martins (2), Dyer) AZ Alkmaar 2

NUFC: Given, Carr, Taylor, Bramble, Solano, Butt, Parker, Dyer, Sibierski, Duff, Martins

Manager: Glenn Roeder

AZ: Waterman, Jaliens, Opdaam, Steinsson, De Cler, Boukhari, De Zeeuw, Martens, Jenner, Arveladze, Koevermans

Manager: Louis Van Gaal

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