Manchester United have played 13 matches this season, winning five, drawing five and losing three for 20 points. It is their worst start since the Premier League was founded.
The last time Manchester United started a season this poorly was back in 1990/91, when they also had 20 points from 13 matches, but that slow start came with a one-point deduction from a brawl against Arsenal.
The slow start is particularly damaging to Jose Mourinho, who was supposed to turn around the stumbling Red Devils. The club has been in disarray ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and Mourinho was tabbed as the man to get things going again. The days of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal would be forgotten once Mourinho has United on top. But Moyes at least picked up 22 points from his first 13 matches and van Gaal had 22 and 27 through 13 in his two years at the club.
United’s issues, at least points-wise, come down to their problems at home. They haven’t won a league match at Old Trafford since September 24, drawing four in the meantime, including on Sunday when they conceded within two minutes.
Manchester United sit in sixth place, already 11 points back of first place Chelsea. They’re eight points behind Arsenal for fourth place, which they desperately need to reach not just to make the Champions League, but to keep from losing more than £20 million on their adidas deal.
With how much the Red Devils have spent over the last three years in particular, with Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all comes in this summer alone, the expectations for Manchester United and Mourinho were high. Instead, they’re setting the club record for worst Premier League start.
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