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Man Utd could equal club record of 17 PL away matches unbeaten

Manchester United on course to match 1999 treble winners as they aim to equal a club record of 17 Premier League away matches unbeaten ahead of visit to Fulham… but their previous best run also ended in west London following a trip to Anfield

  • Manchester United are on a 16-match unbeaten away run in the Premier League
  • That record now stretches to over a year when they were beaten at Liverpool
  • But Sunday’s draw at Anfield leaves them on the cusp of matching club record
  • Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble side went 17 games without loss across 1998 and 1999

Manchester United’s hopes of matching Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble winning trophy haul of 1999 may have been extinguished by their Champions League group stage exit, but they can still replicate a feat set by one of the club’s greatest sides.

Ahead of their clash at Fulham on Wednesday night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s outfit are chasing a 17th consecutive Premier League game on the road without defeat when they visit Craven Cottage.

The club record stands at 17 when Fergie’s treble winners saw their run come to an abrupt halt when they were heavily beaten 5-0 by Chelsea in October 1999, following a run that had started 10 months earlier when they drew 1-1 at Aston Villa.

Manchester United celebrate during a 1-0 win at Everton back in November which has contributed towards their 16-match Premier League unbeaten run away from home

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could equal the club record of 17 in the competition should they avoid defeat at struggling Fulham on Wednesday night

Solskjaer’s side have been unbeaten away since starting their current 16-game run at Stamford Bridge back in February when they won 2-0 thanks to goals by Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire.

Their run is now over a year old with their last defeat coming at Liverpool when goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah took the Reds one step closer to the Premier League title last January. 

Although they are favourites to continue their unbeaten run at Scott Parker’s struggling side, they will have to be wary of past omens. 

United take on Fulham after earning a point at Liverpool in their previous away game, and it was at Anfield where Fergie’s United chalked up their last unbeaten game on the road before suffering humiliation in west London – a fate that could befall United on Wednesday evening. 

United’s 16-match run got underway in February last season when Harry Maguire (centre) and Anthony Martial (left) scored in a 2-0 win at Chelsea

United have now not lost away from home in the Premier League for over a year and drew 0-0 at champions Liverpool last time out

MAN UTD’S BEST PL AWAY RUNS 

SOLSKJAER’S SIDE 

2019-20 season

Feb 17 Chelsea 2-0

Mar 1 Everton 1-1

Jun 19 Tottenham 1-1

Jun 30 Brighton 3-0

Jul 9 Aston Villa 3-0

Jul 16 Crystal Palace 2-0

Jul 26 Leicester 2-0

2020-21 season

Sep 26 Brighton 3-2

Oct 17 Newcastle 4-1

Nov 7 Everton 3-1

Nov 29 Southampton 3-2

Dec 5 West Ham 3-1

Dec 17 Sheffield United 3-2

Dec 26 Leicester 2-2

Jan 12 Burnley 1-0

Jan 17 Liverpool 0-0

Total 40 points from 16 games

FERGIE’S TREBLE WINNERS 

1998-99 season

Dec 5 Aston Villa 1-1

Dec 12 Tottenham 2-2

Dec 29 Chelsea 0-0

Jan 16 Leicester 6-2

Jan 31 Charlton 1-0

Feb 6 Nott’m Forest 8-1

Feb 20 Coventry 1-0

Mar 13 Newcastle 2-1

Apr 3 Wimbledon 1-1

Apr 25 Leeds 1-1

May 5 Liverpool 2-2

May 9 Middlesbrough 1-0

May 12 Blackburn 0-0

1999-2000 season

Aug 8 Everton 1-1

Aug 22 Arsenal 2-1

Aug 25 Coventry 2-1

Sep 11 Liverpool 3-2

Total 35 points from 17 games

Already though, the current United side’s run is more impressive than Fergie’s outfit having picked up 40 points from their 16 games compared to the treble winners who collected five fewer points from their 17 matches.

United have admittedly benefited from playing 14 of their matches behind closed doors following the coronavirus outbreak and their run has been threatened on at least a couple of occasions.

At Tottenham, in their first game after Project Restart, they were a goal down with nine minutes to go before being rescued by a Bruno Fernandes penalty.

While at Southampton earlier this term they were 2-0 down with half-an-hour left before Fernandes struck again and Edinson Cavani scored twice in the final 16 minutes to turn the game around. 

Sir Alex Ferguson’s United treble winners went a club record 17 games unbeaten away from home which included an 8-1 win at Nottingham Forest where Solskjaer (pictured left celebrating with David Beckham) scored four times in a famous victory at the City Ground

But the run came to an end in west London where they were hammered 5-0 by Chelsea, with Chris Sutton (right) and Jody Morris on target for the Blues

Although Fergie’s side picked up many draws in their run, they also recorded some famous wins including an 8-1 win at Nottingham Forest, where Solskjaer came off the bench to score four goals.

The game stood as the record Premier League away win for 20 years until Leicester thumped Southampton 9-0.

Leicester though were on the wrong end of a hammering at Filbert Street in 1999 when Dwight Yorke scored a hat-trick for the Red Devils in a 6-2 victory. 

The longest unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League is held by Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ side who had gone the entire 2003-04 campaign undefeated in the top flight.

That run, along with their 27 games unbeaten away from home record held from April 2003, was ended when they were beaten 2-0 at Manchester United in October 2004.




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