Comparing Solskjaer’s first 50 games as Man Utd boss with Mourinho’s last 50

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer originally revitalised Manchester United after Jose Mourinho’s departure – but he has struggled since becoming the permanent manager. 

Mourinho guided United to second place in 2017-18 but was sacked last December after an awful start to his third season.

Solskjaer is now under huge pressure at Old Trafford, but how do his first 50 games in charge of United match up to Mourinho’s last 50?


During Solskjaer’s first 50 games in charge, United have 24 wins, 12 draws and 14 defeats in all competitions.

Therefore, the Norwegian has a win rate of 48% and a loss rate of 28%. That’s also the worst win rate of any United manager since Dave Sexton was in charge between 1977 and 1981.

In comparison, Mourinho had 27 wins, 10 draws and 13 defeats in his final 50 games as United manager.

This means that the 56-year-old actually had a better record in his last 50 games, with a win rate of 54% and a loss rate of 26%.


When Solskjaer took over from Mourinho in December 2018, he promised to bring attacking football back to Old Trafford and United scored 12 goals in his first three games.

However, he has not been able to maintain that record and his side have scored 77 goals in his first 50 games, averaging 1.54 goals per game.

Mourinho was heavily criticised for his negative football towards the end of his reign at United, but his attacking stats aren’t too dissimilar to Solskjaer’s.

In the Portuguese’s last 50 games, the club scored 74 goals, three less than Solskjaer’s team, at an average of 1.48 goals per game.


A strong defence is often the cornerstone of a Mourinho side, but he wasn’t able to fix United’s defensive problems.

During his final year at the club, United conceded 51 goals in 50 games – an average of 1.02 goals per game.

Despite adding Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire to the backline this season, United’s defensive stats have declined under Solskjaer.

In the first 50 matches of the 46-year-old’s reign, United have conceded 56 goals, an average of 1.12 per game.

Finally, Mourinho kept 19 clean sheets in his last 50 games, while United have only kept 13 under Solskjaer.

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