Statistics can either lift you up or drag you down, and unfortunately for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho they're not on his side right now.
The 53-year-old took over the reigns at Old Trafford this summer to much hype, but has recently been struggling to get his side looking entertaining, let alone looking dangerous.
Despite a strong start to the campaign that saw the Red Devils win all of their first four games, they have struggled to get back on the pace following a damaging 2-1 defeat to cross-town neighbours Manchester City.
Since the defeat to City, United have gone on to lose encounters with the likes of Watford and Chelsea in the Premier League, while falling to Feyenoord and Fenerbahce in the Europa League.
And according to The Sun, these five defeats in his first 17 games means that Mourinho is now the club's second worst manager of all time.
The only manager that lost five games quicker than Mourinho was Dave Sexton back in 1977, who managed to do it in 15 games.
Mourinho's not alone
However, this stat may not necessarily be a kiss of death for the Special One, though, as two of United's most popular managers only just managed to hold out for slightly longer.
Ron Atkinson, who took control of the club between 1981-86 slumped to five defeats after 18 games, while Sir Alex Ferguson – widely regarded as one of the game's greatest managers – lost five of his first 20, and we all know how that turned out.
However, the much maligned David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both fared better during their own tenures.
Both bosses managed to hold out until 23 games had passed before reaching that particular benchmark.
It looks worse for Mourinho, though, thanks to the wealth of talent at his disposal. Over the summer he sought to bring in the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to much fanfare.
Luckily for United there is still plenty of football to be played as they look to restore themselves to the top of the tree in English football.
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