How Man Utd’s record after 27 games compares to every season post SAF

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Manchester United have endured a mixed season in the Premier League so far – but are they making progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

After briefly being considered as title contenders, they now sit 14 points behind rivals Manchester City and could be drawn into a top four battle.

We’ve compared their record after 27 Premier League games in 2020-21 to their previous seven seasons to see how they compare.

2020-21

Games: 27
Won: 14
Drawn: 9
Lost: 4

Position: 2nd
Points: 51

Goals for: 53
Goals against: 32
Clean sheets: 10

Despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spending over £250million, United’s points tally after 27 games is actually worse than they managed during Jose Mourinho’s two full seasons at the club.

By scoring 53 goals in 27 games, United have enjoyed their most prolific start to a season since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in 2012-13.

However, a leaky defence has undermined their progress and they have conceded more goals in 2020-21 than they did in six of the last seven seasons after 27 games.

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2019-20

Games: 27
Won: 11
Drawn: 8
Lost: 8

Position: 5th
Points: 41

Goals for: 41
Goals against: 29
Clean sheets: 7

Final points tally (final position): 66 (3rd)

Having averaged just 1.51 points per game after 27 fixtures in 2019-20, United were having their worst ever start to a Premier League season.

Their win rate of 40.74% was also the worst they’ve recorded at that stage of a season and David Moyes was the only other United manager to lose eight of their first 27 games in a Premier League campaign.

Bruno Fernandes’ arrival in January 2020 did help turn things around and they won seven of their final 11 league games to finish in the top three.

2018-19

Games: 27
Won: 15
Drawn: 7
Lost: 5

Position: 5th
Points: 52

Goals for: 52
Goals against: 35
Clean sheets: 7

Final points tally (final position): 66 (6th)

After United failed to sign the players that he desired, Jose Mourinho had his inevitable implosion during his third season at the club.

Despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer overseeing eight wins and two draws in his opening 10 league games, they still found themselves outside of the top four.

The Red Devils conceded 35 goals in their opening 27 games, the most they’ve ever conceded at that stage of a Premier League season.

2017-18

Games: 27
Won: 17
Drawn: 5
Lost: 5

Position: 2nd
Points: 56

Goals for: 51
Goals against: 19
Clean sheets: 15

Final points tally (final position): 81 (2nd)

United’s win rate, defensive record and points tally after 27 Premier League games in 2017-18 is the best they’ve recorded in the post-Ferguson era.

However, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were enjoying a record-breaking year and secured the league title in April.

2016-17

Games: 27
Won: 14
Drawn: 10
Lost: 3

Position: 5th
Points: 52

Goals for: 42
Goals against: 23
Clean sheets: 10

Final points tally (final position): 69 (6th)

While United’s loss rate after 27 games in 2016-17 was the lowest it’s been in the post-Ferguson era, they did draw 10 of those games.

Despite having more points than the current United side have after 27 league games, they were fifth instead of second in the table in 2016-17.

2015-16

Games: 27
Won: 12
Drawn: 8
Lost: 7

Position: 5th
Points: 44

Goals for: 36
Goals against: 26
Clean sheets: 12

Final points tally (final position):  66 (5th)

Watching Louis van Gaal’s football was often as enjoyable as watching paint dry and they scored just 36 goals in their opening 27 games in 2015-16, their lowest tally in the Premier League era. 

Their 27th league game of the season saw a teenage Marcus Rashford mark his Premier League debut with a brace against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Despite ending the season with an FA Cup final victory, few were surprised when Van Gaal was sacked a few days later.

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2014-15

Games: 27
Won: 14
Drawn: 8
Lost: 5

Position: 4th
Points: 50

Goals for: 46
Goals against: 26
Clean sheets: 8

Final points tally (final position): 70 (4th)

There were plenty of promising signs from Van Gaal’s first 27 league games at United in 2014-15 and they had 10 more goals than they managed at the same stage in his second season.

The Red Devils then finished the season on 70 points, their second-best tally in the post-Ferguson era.

2013-14

Games: 27
Won: 13
Drawn: 6
Lost: 8

Position: 6th
Points: 45

Goals for: 43
Goals against: 31
Clean sheets: 9

Final points tally (final position): 64 (7th)

Despite inheriting a Premier League winning side from Ferguson in 2013, David Moyes endured a disastrous time at Old Trafford. 

He became the first United manager to lose eight of their opening 27 Premier League games in a season, a record that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer matched in 2019-20.

With the club in seventh place in the league in April 2014 and unable to qualify for the Champions League, Moyes was sacked after 10 months in the job.


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