Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the worst start of any Man Utd coach since 2013

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Win, loss and draw: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has experienced one of everything so far this season.

It all started so well for the Manchester United boss when they dismantled Chelsea 4-0 on the opening weekend and looked to pick up where they left off by taking the lead at Molineux.

However, a screamer from Ruben Neves ensured that Wolverhampton Wanderers shared the spoils and that setback seemed to really rock the boat when Crystal Palace came to town.

Despite the Eagles being winless in the Premier League going into the game, they dramatically took the lead through Jordan Ayew and United needed some heroics from Daniel James to equalise.

It wasn't to be enough, though, as some dodgy defending gave Patrick van Aanholt a chance to claim three points, which he grabbed with both hands by beating David de Gea at his near post.

Mixed start for Man Utd

So, it hasn't exactly been a disastrous start to the season for United, but it's been disappointing nonetheless considering all the hype around them after the Chelsea result.

And what makes the situation seem even worse is their catastrophic form at the backend of the 2018-19 season, which has only been assuaged by a long summer of friendlies and transfers.

The Red Devils frankly limped their way over the finish-line with a defeat to relegated Cardiff City and Solskjaer's record made for ugly reading since he became the permanent manager.

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Worst start of any post-Ferguson boss

However, it would be slightly heavy-handed to completely disregard his achievements as the interim boss and talkSPORT sought to compare his opening 32 games to his predecessors.

Surely Solskjaer has, at the very least, been an improvement on David Moyes? Well, the Norwegian has actually made the worst start of any United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. 

Check out the full breakdown of every manager's win rate during their opening 32 fixtures:

1. Jose Mourinho - 65.6% (W21 D6 L5)

2. David Moyes - 56.3% (W18 D6 L8)

3. Louis van Gaal - 53.1% (W17 D9 L6)

4. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - 53.1% (W17 D5 L10)

By virtue of having suffered more defeats than Van Gaal during his first 32 games, Solskjaer finds himself rock bottom of the list and it doesn't exactly make for pretty reading.

Perhaps the only consolation is that Solskjaer has actually made a better start than Sir Alex Ferguson did, but it's hardly a fair comparison considering United's situation in the 1980s. 

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Nevertheless, for the record, Ferguson actually boasted a comparatively paltry win rate of 37.5%, which included 12 victories, 11 draws and fewer defeats than Solskjaer at nine.

Say what you like about the statistics, but they seem disproportionately negative compared to the current optimism at Old Trafford, begging the question: were Moyes and co. hard done by?

It's now down to Solskjaer to ensure that United get themselves back on track against Southampton and Leicester City to assure these kind of statistics don't follow him around.

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