Comparing Solskjaer’s third season at Man Utd to Jose Mourinho’s

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is feeling the pressure at Manchester United this season – but how does their current run compare to the form that resulted in his predecessor Jose Mourinho getting sacked?

United finished third and second in Solskjaer’s two full seasons in charge of United but things have started to unravel in his third season.

His job security has become a frequent topic of conversation in recent weeks, with pundits including Gary Neville and Roy Keane refusing to call for their former team-mate to be sacked.

But ultimately what’s important is what the United hierarchy think – is the form bad enough to cost the Norwegian his job? Mourinho was sacked in December 2018, midway through his third season in charge. Could history be about to repeat itself?

Here’s how United’s form in 2021-22 compares to their form prior to Mourinho’s dismissal in 2018-19.


Games: 16
Won: 7
Drawn: 3
Lost: 6

Goals for (per game): 27 (1.68)
Goals against (per game): 25 (1.56)
Clean sheets: 2 (12.5%)

Points per game: 1.50
Win rate: 43.75%
Loss rate: 37.5%

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Games: 24
Won: 10
Drawn: 7
Lost: 7

Goals for (per game): 38 (1.58)
Goals against (per game): 35 (1.45)
Clean sheets: 5 (20.8%)

Points per game: 1.54
Win rate: 41.67%
Loss rate: 29.17%

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