Manchester United certainly look to be heading in the right direction under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heading into the final few weeks of the season, but it has been a bumpy road getting there. The 3-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday night stretches United’s unbeaten record eight games in the Premier League and 15 in all competitions.
Their turn of form coincided with the signing of Bruno Fernandes, who has helped inject some much-needed creativity into Solskjaer’s midfield.
That coupled with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford returning from injury has turned the Red Devils into a dangerous opponent.
This is Solskjaer’s first full season in charge having earned the job on a permanent basis following an impressive turnaround during his time as Interim boss.
A blip in form at the end of last season concerned some Red Devils fans heading into the 19/20 campaign but the club were still confident of a top-four finish.
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That confidence soon turned south though as they won just two of their opening nine Premier League games, including defeats to Crystal Palace and Newcastle.
Form soon began to pick up with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all impressing in front of goal.
Defeats at Bournemouth and Watford though kept United out of the top four with the gap to Chelsea and Leicester ever increasing.
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Back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Burnley though seemed to be the turning point for Solskjaer’s side as they embarked on their impressive unbeaten run.
But despite United’s upturn in form, Solskjaer is still facing an unwanted statistic for the entire season.
Having won just 14 games from 32 matches, Solskjaer’s win percentage is currently at 43.75 per cent.
That is considerably worse than David Moyes’ Premier League record (50 per cent), who was sacked after just 10 months in charge.
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That percentage drops even lower from the time United handed Solskjaer the job permanently back in March 2019.
The Norwegian boss has taken charge of 40 Premier League games since being handed a three-year contract, winning just 16 games, giving him a win percentage of 40 per cent.
With six games remaining, Solskjaer still has time to ensure he doesn’t finish the season with the worst win percentage from a United manager since the Premier League season was cut down to 38 games a season.
More pressing for Solskjaer though will be qualifying for next year’s Champions League with Wolves, Tottenham both in close proximity.
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