Is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s start at Manchester United the best in Premier League history?

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Victory for Manchester United on Saturday saw interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer join an elite Premier League club.

The Red Devils have won their first six league games under the Norwegian, putting him level with Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola for the longest winning run after taking charge of a Premier League club.

Here, we compare the trio.

Carlo Ancelotti - Chelsea

Ancelotti’s Chelsea had a favourable opening run of league fixtures, but beat Hull, Sunderland, Fulham, Burnley and Stoke, a run book-ended by injury-time winners, before adding a 3-0 win over Tottenham.

Wigan ended the run by inflicting Ancelotti’s first league defeat, in his 10th game in charge in all competitions.

The Blues had also beaten Porto in the Champions League and QPR in the League Cup having opened Ancelotti’s reign by winning the Community Shield, albeit on penalties against United.

They went on to win the Premier League and FA Cup double, but Ancelotti lasted only one more season in charge.

Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss began his reign in England with 10 wins in all competitions, though, the first required a Sergio Aguero penalty and a late Paddy McNair own goal to see off Sunderland.

A 5-0 Champions League win away to Steaua Bucharest and a 4-1 league success at Stoke proved more indicative of things to come, while a derby win over United and back-to-back 4-0 wins over Borussia Monchengladbach and Bournemouth provided further highlights.


Celtic eventually ended the run in a 3-3 Champions League draw and City failed to win a trophy, finishing third in the league before winning the title the following season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Manchester United

The former striker's managerial reign at Old Trafford started with a trip to his former club Cardiff City. A six-goal thriller, with United scoring five of them, got him off to the perfect start.

The thumping of Cardiff was then followed up by wins over Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle United and Reading in the FA Cup.

However, Solskjaer's first proper test on paper came away at Wembley Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur.

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A test he and United overcame thanks to a Marcus Rashford goal just before half-time.

Their winning run continued this weekend at Old Trafford with a 2-1 win over Brighton.

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