Jose Mourinho is still looking for his first win in seven Premier League visits to Newcastle, making St James’ Park his least favourite away ground.
The Portuguese has never won a Premier League match on Tyneside, with Matt Ritchie’s 65th-minute goal on Sunday extending that run to seven matches (D3 L4).
Mourinho has managed more games at Newcastle without winning than at any other club in his managerial career, although he has won two League Cup matches there – in November 2004 and December 2006.
The result also strengthened Rafael Benitez’s record against Mourinho, who has now lost six times against the Spaniard in all competitions.
Only against Pep Guardiola (9) has he suffered more defeats as a manager.
Sunday’s defeat leaves Manchester United in second spot but a massive 16 points behind runaway Manchester City who smashed Leicester City 5-1 on Saturday with 11 games to the end of the season.