Man Utd have dropped more points in 13 days than Man City have in all of 2019


We wouldn't want to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer right now.

The jubilation that swirled around Old Trafford after the 4-0 demolition of Chelsea has now completely fallen flat and they haven't won a single Premier League game since then.

A draw away to Wolverhampton Wanderers was no disgrace by any means, but then the cracks at Manchester United began to yawn with their defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

But at least the trip to Southampton offered a chance at redemption? Sadly not as United threw away the lead, succumbing to a Jannik Vestergaard strike and limping home with a draw.

It leaves the club vegetating in seventh place and already an eye-watering seven points behind their rivals Liverpool at such an early stage of the season.

Man Utd's stumbling start

And perhaps the only thing making Solskjaer's record feel slightly more aesthetic is the gap between seasons that has somewhat spaced out two awful runs of form.

However, if you forget about the summer, United's overall form has been nothing short of dire and the club have only won three league games since Solskjaer was appointed permanently. 

They came in the form of forgettable 2-1 victories over West Ham and Watford, while the Chelsea thrashing is looking more and more anomalous with every point spilled overboard.


Man City vs Man Utd form

It also happens to leave Solskjaer with a worse win rate than Louis van Gaal and David Moyes, as well as one of the worst in United history if only his non-caretaker results are included.

But what will hurt the Old Trafford faithful more than anything is when you make comparisons to Manchester City, who have won the last two Premier League titles in emphatic fashion.

Astonishingly, United have now dropped more league points this season and in the last 13 days, than Pep Guardiola's men have in the entirety of 2019.

Barring a January defeat to Newcastle United and the draw with Tottenham Hotspur, City have enjoyed a 100% record this year and have won no less than 20 matches.

On the contrary, United can match that draw and loss with their results against Wolves and Palace, while the Southampton tie completes the statistic with seven points down the pan. 


Just to add insult to injury, the Red Devils have only won 10 leagues matches this year - half the total of their 'Noisy Neighbours' - and six came in the opening two months of 2019. Ouch.

The sheer magnitude of United's terrible run is becoming increasingly apparent, but you simply have to wonder at what point Solskjaer's employment will also come under fire.

Football is a results business and United have never been more in need of points in their Premier League history. 

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