Jose Tracker: Mourinho delivers Manchester United their worst opening Premier League start since 2004/05

Mourinho has only had one worse start to a season – last year at Chelsea, where he was sacked in December

He may have retained his perfect competitive record against Arsene Wenger – who has never managed to defeat ‘The Special One’ in 14 meetings – but he couldn’t secure the win at Old Trafford.

Despite controlling the majority of the game, Olivier Giroud’s 89th-minute equaliser sent The Gunners back down South with a point, putting them six ahead of United in the Premier League.

Mourinho looked less than impressed at the final whistle, with this result meaning he has now faced Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in the league and failed to record a win.

After 12 games at the Manchester United helm, Mourinho finds himself with 19 points from 12 games. That is, eight from his ex-club Chelsea in the top spot, and eight behind rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

He has just one managerial start worse than his current tenure, which came last year at Stamford Bridge, where he lasted for just 16 games.

Whilst it is very likely the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss will be given more time at Old Trafford, he has now recorded worse league starts than both David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal.

His highest points tally at this point in a season was at Chelsea in 14/15 and Real Madrid in 10/11. Although he came second to Barcelona in 10/11, he won his third Premier League title with The Blues that season in London.

Bar his shocker in 15/16, his next worse season was his return to Chelsea in 13/14, where he finished in third place behind Manchester City and Liverpool, despite rattling up 82 points.

The Red Devils now have three back-to-back home games, with Feyenoord in the Europa League, followed by West Ham in the league and in the League Cup before visiting Goodison Park in the League. With Everton level on points, this is a must-win for Mourinho as he looks to advance up the table, where rivals are leaving United in the dust.


Five key stats around Manchester United & Mourinho’s current performances:

  • United have now drawn three league games in a row at Old Trafford for the first time since April 1992.
  • Only in the 04/05 have Manchester United had fewer points from their opening 12 Premier League games (18) than the 19 points they have this season.
  • Mourinho has had a worse start to the league than both Louis Van Gaal (19) and David Moyes (21).
  • United have scored just 17 goals so far this season, 10 less than their local rivals.
  • Juan Mata has scored 42 goals since arriving in the Premier League in 2011, more than any other midfielder.

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