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Have Manchester United been served up another turkey on Boxing Day?

7 years ago

There’s nothing like Boxing Day football, indeed one of the best things about English football is [intlink id=”191″ type=”page”]the glut of matches squeezed into the festive period[/intlink], including today’s visit to Manchester United.

Players and managers arriving from other countries are puzzled by this strange custom, used to a more relaxed time with family and little or no football.

As I say, I do love this football feast but the only problem is we don’t seem to do very well usually…

I thought it was maybe just me and results were generally better than I thought, a quick glance at our Boxing Day record sadly tells you otherwise though.

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Last season we were treated to a 5-1 demolition of Stoke, though things looked desperate until the referee sent two of their players off after the red and whites had led.

That win is a rare Boxing Day treat though as it is one of only four Newcastle wins on the 26th December in the Premier League era.

The overall Premier League Boxing Day record sees eighteen matches with four wins, four draws and ten defeats.

Apart from that win over Stoke, the other three wins have been 2-1 v Leeds (2000/01), 3-0 v Middlesbrough (2001/02) and 2-0 v Bolton (2011/12).

The odds have been slightly stacked though with 12 of the 18 matches played away from home and indeed the wins over Stoke, Boro and Leeds were 3 of those 6 home fixtures.

A comforting statistic sees a certain Manchester United as the most successful Boxing Day club, 17 wins out of 20 in the Premier League era, Arsenal next best but way back on 11 wins.

Have Manchester United been served up another turkey on Boxing Day?


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