Manchester United: Ole Breaks Fergi’s Records. Well, Almost

In the movie,  Pretty Woman, Vivian Ward( Julia Roberts ), the prostitute,leaves behind a diamond necklace that Edward Lewis( Richard Gere) ,a client,rents for . In wonder, the hotel manger says ” It’s difficult to let go of something so beautiful”. 

On December 16, 2018, Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench of Liverpool to stun Manchester United with 2 quick goals toward the end of the match , an agonizing 3-2 defeat. Jose Mourinho, coach at the time,  had to go. It wasn’t a difficult decision.  Especially  for the fans.  But they ( the fans) were instantly uncomforted. Why? A former player from Norway  ,Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,(you’d need to be a United buff to know that he was even a former player) will be coming to replace the Portuguese. On a temporary basis! 

Happily enough, for everybody, Ole, as he’s fondly called has done more than all the coaches that replaced legend,Sir Alex Ferguson. What’s more, he has even beaten his former coach.  In so many ways.  Let’s take a quick look.

Manchester United’s 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace on Wednesday saw the Norweigan surpass Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of seven straight away wins. With that alone, all records by any United coach have been broken in his short stint at Old Trafford. Sometimes, one must let go.  
Wednesday night’s victory and a 3-2 over Southhàmpton on Saturday guarantee  their remarkable resurgence.
The Norweigan is still unbeaten in the league after 12 outings, having won nine  and drawn two and his side have picked up six clean sheets along the way. He’s also yet to be beaten by an English side in all competitions. 
Not many predicted just how well Solskjaer would do but he’s making top-flight management look easy and has tumbled a few records along the way.

Most wins from first games as Manchester United manager:

The first record Solskjaer set was in January, where he became the first Manchester United manager to win his first six matches in charge, surpassing the five game win record set by Sir Matt Busby who once approached Sir Sean Connery to play for the club for £15 a week. 

SOLSKJAER IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
At Manchester United
11 Games

9 Wins

2 Draws

0 Defeats

29 Goals Scored

7 Goals Conceded

6 Clean Sheets

Equals opening win record for specific Premier League club

Manchester United beat Brighton at Old Trafford and Solskjaer levelled a record set by Carlo Ancellotti at Chelsea and Pep Guardiola at Man City by winning his first six matches in charge.

The draw at Burnley the following match meant Solskjaer failed to hold the most opening wins outright.

Most points won in opening ten matches:

Thanks to the 0-0 draw with Liverpool( with injured players and no possibility for substitutions from the first half)  Solskjaer collected the most points of any top flight manager in his first 10 games in charge.

He has collected 26 points during that period – surpassing the record held by former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink.

Beats Sir Alex for away wins:

Manchester United’s 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace was the first time the club have won eight consecutive away matches in all competitions.

Sir Alex Ferguson spent 26 years with the Red Devils and the most away victories he achieved in a row was seven – a feat he did twice, including once when Solsjkaer was playing in 2002.

And here is another one: Solskjaer has surpassed consecutive Away wins record reached by his former boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, with these clubs-  Away wins at Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea. 

This bit is not about the rebirth of Manchester United but the wonder that’s Ole Solskjaer.  And what can happen when difficult decision must be made. 

I have joked with some friends and soccer adversaries alike that United can now beat any club even if you have to tie each player’s legs together.  
Would you have ever imagined that Romelu Lukaku will net 4 goals in a week? 

As they go to Paris this week, United is confident because a mystique of invincibility has been recreated . Thanks to Ole.

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