Ole Gunnar Solskjaer record: How does Man United boss compare to his predecessors after 17 matches?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer record: How does Man United boss compare to his predecessors after 17 matches?
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Another weekend of Premier League action has passed and it was once again bad news for Manchester United fans.

The Red Devils were outclassed by West Ham at the London Stadium, with goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell condemning them to a second defeat of the season.

The performance has led to a barrage of criticism from pundits with an affiliation to the club, with Roy Keane saying says ‘it’s scary how far they’ve fallen’ since the club’s title-winning days under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Solskjaer’s record as permanent Man United boss doesn’t make for great reading

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Solskjaer’s record as permanent Man United boss doesn’t make for great reading

Ex-United boss Jose Mourinho also delivered a damning assessment of the club’s current predicament, claiming they have got worse under his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Despite a superb start as caretaker manager, results have been awful since Solskjaer took charge permanently of the Old Trafford club.

But how does his record compare to that of Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho after 17 matches at the helm? talkSPORT.com has crunched the numbers and found out…


Sir Alex Ferguson

Won: 7

Drawn: 6

Lost: 4

Goals for: 22

Goals against: 15

Win percentage: 41 per cent

Fergie took over from Ron Atkinson and got off to a poor start, winning just one of his first six matches in charge.

However, after a loss at Wimbledon in late November the Red Devils legend’s fortunes changed for the better and United went on a streak of only losing once in 13 games, bringing them up to 13th by mid-March.

David Moyes

Won: 10

Drawn: 4

Lost: 3

Goals for: 30

Goals against: 16

Win percentage: 58 per cent

Moyes had a much better record than Ferguson in his first 17 matches in charge but it’s worth remembering Ferguson took over a side that was threatened with relegation, while Moyes took over the Premier League champions.

Moyes had a solid start to his tenure, winning ten of his 17 matches in charge – but his three defeats in that spell kickstarted a string of bad results which would ultimately end in his dismissal.

Louis van Gaal

Won: 9

Drawn: 4

Lost: 4

Goals for: 29

Goals against: 21

Win percentage: 52 per cent

Unlike Moyes, Van Gaal lasted two years at the helm of the Premier League giants.

And the Dutchman, in comparison to Solskjaer, had a pretty solid start to his reign, winning nine of his opening 17 matches.

However, four losses proved to be a painful reminder that there were many problems to solve – and ultimately they never were, with FA Cup glory in his second season not enough to save him from the axe.

Jose Mourinho

Won: 9

Drawn: 3

Lost: 5

Goals for: 25

Goals against: 18

Win percentage: 52 per cent

Mourinho enjoyed a topsy-turvy spell at Old Trafford before he was eventually axed last December amid a run of poor results and player unrest.

Just like Van Gaal, the ‘Special One’ also won nine of his opening 17 matches – but he had one more defeat than his predecessor.

The fact that he won the Europa League and the Carabao Cup in his first season, as well as guiding United to a second-place finish, probably puts him ahead of Van Gaal as the more successful manager.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Won: 5

Drawn: 4

Lost: 8

Goals for: 16

Goals against: 24

Win percentage: 29 per cent

During his interim spell in charge, Solskjaer broke numerous records, including becoming the first United manager to win his opening six matches in charge and collecting the most points of any top flight manager in his first 10 games at the helm.

But he has had a torrid time of it ever since, leading United to just four Premier League wins in 14 games, with supporters expecting a big improvement on that as the season wears on. As many of his predecessors have found out, he won’t be given too long to turn things around.


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