Manchester United will become only the THIRD English top-flight club in history to go a whole season without losing away from home if they avoid defeat against Wolves on the final day… but there’s one key difference!
- Manchester United have gone 18 away games unbeaten in the Premier League
- Their win at Aston Villa means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side can make history
- Avoiding defeat to Wolves means United will be amongst illustrious company
- United have incredibly come-from-behind a total of 10 times on the road
- Despite their record, United are set to come up short in the title race to City
Manchester United have the chance to make history on the final day of the Premier League season by becoming the third top-flight club in English football to go an entire season without losing away from home.
United’s come-from-behind win against Aston Villa last Sunday was their 18th Premier League away game this season and they are yet to lose – they travel to Molineux to face Wolves on May 23.
Despite their excellent record on the road, United have lost six times at Old Trafford – including this week’s defeats by Leicester and Liverpool – and have come up well short in the title race with rivals Manchester City.
Manchester United came from behind again versus Aston Villa to stay unbeaten on the road
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side can make history if they avoid defeat to Wolves on May 23
However, United could still join illustrious company should they not lose to Wolves, with only two other clubs having had unbeaten seasons on the road.
The first is the unbeaten Preston North End side of 1888-89 – the first English team to go an entire top-flight season unbeaten.
Though only 22 games were played throughout the course of the season, that famous Preston team won eight and drew three of their 11 away games.
Incredibly, it took another 113 years for an English top-flight club to avoid defeat on the road throughout the course of a season.
The Arsenal side of 2001-02, who won the double with success in the Premier League and FA Cup, were the next team to achieve the feat.
In fact, their record away from home was better than the Invincibles side two years later.
In 01-02, Arsene Wenger’s Gunners won 14 of their 19 away games in the Premier League, drawing the remaining five.
The 1888-89 Preston team were the first English team to go a top-flight season unbeaten
The Arsenal double winners of 2001-02 also went unbeaten in the Premier League on the road
Yet in 03-04, Arsenal drew more games at eight, winning 11 of their away games in that history-making season.
The stark difference between these three teams and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this campaign is that those clubs won the title in their respective seasons, while the Red Devils have not.
That comes as a result of a poor record at home, which started with an opening-day loss against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal went the entire 2003-04 league season unbeaten in the famous Invincibles campaign
They were also humiliated 6-1 at home to Tottenham and have also lost to Arsenal and bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United at Old Trafford.
Most recently they were distinctly second best in a 4-2 hammering by fierce rivals Liverpool.
Yet on the road, United have been unbeatable, posting a record after 18 games of 11 wins and seven draws.
They have come close to defeat, with their record looking particularly precarious when they went two goals down to Southampton in November.
United were two goals down at Southampton in November before they stormed back again
But, like so often this season, United came roaring back. They have also fallen behind to Brighton, Newcastle, Everton, West Ham, Sheffield United, Fulham, West Brom, Tottenham and Villa.
Incidentally, champions Manchester City have only lost once away, that coming against Tottenham back in November.
So, the title is gone but Solskjaer and his side could still enter the history books on the final day of the 2020-21 season.
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