WEDNESDAY night's Carabao Cup draw saw a little-spotted change that may explain why Manchester United got yet another home tie.
The Red Devils set a new record by landing a 12th home cup tie in a row after drawing Newcastle in the fourth-round of the EFL competition.
United will face the Magpies at Old Trafford – who they beat in the Carabao Cup final last term.
Despite Eddie Howe's side's 1-0 victory against eight-time EFL Cup winners Manchester City at St James' Park Newcastle fans were ragging.
They were fuming with their fourth-round fixture and a slight change in the draw could be the reason for it.
The draw was conducted by SkySports presenter Emma Saunders, Celtic legend Neil Lennon and former Sunderland man Don Goodman.
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In the second and third-round draws the person on the left drew the home teams and the right did the away teams.
But last night it was ex-Bhoys star Lennon who standing on the right drew the home sides as he pulled out Man Utd No4 to hand them another home game.
The tie meant United set a new record for drawing the most home ties.
The odds of the record happening, drawing 12 home ties in a row is 4,096/1 – and left many wondering if the small tweak to the draw could explain why Man Utd will host once again.
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Man Utd's extraordinary run of home fixtures dates back to a defeat at Leicester in March 2021.
United's only domestic cup match to be played away from Old Trafford in the last three years was a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest as well as a semi-final and final in the FA Cup at Wembley.
They will now battle Newcastle in the week commencing October 30 for a place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
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