Today's encounter is the 66th here between the two sides in League football.
The previous 65 have resulted in 25 home wins, 18 for United with 22 draws - the most achieved by a visiting club here.
Last season's corresponding fixture - played on September 29, 2001 - resulted in a 5-3 win for United. Goals from debutant Dean Richards (15th minute), Les Ferdinand (25th) and Christian Ziege (45th) gave us a 3-0 half time lead. United's goals came through Andrew Cole (48th minute), Laurent Blanc (58th), Ruud Van Nistelrooy (72nd), Juan Sebastian Veron (76th) and David Beckham (87th). The crowd figure was 36,038.
Our last win here over United was by a 3-1 scoreline on May 19, 2001. Willem Korsten scored twice with Ferdinand adding the third. Paul Scholes replied for United.
Skipper Teddy Sheringham faces his former colleagues this afternoon. He scored 31 goals in 104 Premiership appearances for United plus 15 in 49 cup and other matches during his four years at Old Trafford from 1997 to 2001.
Quinton Fortune was on our books as a schoolboy between October, 1991 and May, 1994, netting six goals in 41 games for our reserve and youth teams.