Published On: Mon, Dec 2nd, 2019

Jose Mourinho, David Moyes, Unai Emery stats highlight Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man Utd issues | Football | Sport


Manchester United continue to struggle under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after drawing 2-2 to Aston Villa on Sunday, which leaves them 22 points off of the Premier League’s top spot after just 14 matches. But statistics suggest their woes may even be worse than in recent years.

The Old Trafford stalemate with Villa was Solskjaer’s 22nd Premier League match as permanent manager.

The Norwegian was given the job after a successful stint as interim boss saw him lose only one of 13 league games in charge, narrowing the gap to the top four from 11 points to two in the process.

But since then, United’s form has crumbled and Solskjaer’s record reads six wins, eight draws and eight defeats since being installed in the role on a full-time basis.

That leaves him with a measly win percentage of 23.7 per cent since his permanent appointment.

And statistics compiled by The Athletic from the final 22 matches of Jose Mourinho and David Moyes at United, as well as Unai Emery at Arsenal, show Solskjaer’s record is the worst of the quartet.

Emery was sacked by the Gunners last week with the Spaniard having fallen out of favour with Arsenal fans.

Less than 30,000 turned up for a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League last Thursday and less than 24 hours later, Emery was gone, following a seven-match run without a win.

Yet from his final 22 league games in charge, Emery took 28 points – two more than United have managed in their most recent 22 matches.

And Mourinho, who was sacked by United a year ago and replaced by Solskjaer as a caretaker, also fared better.

He took 35 points from his last 22 matches – seven points more than the current Red Devils manager.

Even Moyes, whose United reign lasted six months despite having been handed a six-year contract when he first took over at Old Trafford, managed 36 points across the same spell of games.

Likewise, Louis van Gaal recorded 37 points, also winning an FA Cup before he was dismissed by the United hierarchy.

Mourinho was sacked 12 months ago with 26 points after 17 matches and with United now 14 games into the current campaign, they have accrued 18 under Solskjaer.

They must win their next three games just to match the same points tally which wasn’t enough for the former boss to keep his job.

And United’s fixture list pits them against the Portuguese on Wednesday night, with Mourinho returning to Manchester as Tottenham boss.

Solskjaer and co. then face reigning champions Manchester City, wounded from a loss and a draw in their last three games which have allowed Liverpool to move 11 points clear of them at the top of the table.

But ahead of their high-profile double-header, the United manager – despite winning just one of their last four top-flight matches – is confident they are improving.

Solskjaer said: “I wouldn’t have sat here and talked about us being fifth if we had got that one goal extra.

“So the league table at this point is not the biggest concern because it is so tight.

“I think there is loads of evidence these boys are closer to winning games than losing games. Of course we have to tip those margins in our advantage.”

But ESPN FC pundit Craig Burley has implored United to sack Solskjaer and replace him with Mauricio Pochettino, recently sacked by Tottenham.

The Argentine took 25 points from his final 22 league games at Spurs but reached the Champions League final last term in the midst of their domestic disappointment.

Burley said: “The longer they sit on their hands and say, ‘No, we’re going to do it this way, we’re quite happy, we’ve got transfer windows coming up’, the managers out there that are free – Pochettino, [Max] Allegri, they’re going to waltz into other big jobs. 

“I think United should go out and get something on paper, an agreement, with Pochettino.

There are lots of deficiencies at Manchester United. You’ve got the chief executive, the ownership, the football department, the playing staff, and the manager.

“It’s a good job he [Solskjaer] had that new manager bounce when he first came in.

“He’s got that new manager bounce, otherwise that [win percentage] would be closer to 10 per cent.”

United return to action when they take on Mourinho’s Spurs at 7.30pm on Wednesday night.



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