Man United and Jose Mourinho: The ridiculous statistics

Date published: Monday 12th November 2018 12:47

“I don’t go for stats,” said Jose Mourinho after Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. But unfortunately for him, pretty much everyone else does. And we have collated some of our favourites to highlight just how far United have fallen under the Portuguese’s management.


* Sunday’s defeat was the first time in 123 matches that United ‘lost’ in both the first and second halves of the same game. The last time that happened was in the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea in October 2016.


* This is the lowest Manchester United have ever been after 12 games of a Premier League season (also 8th in 2004/05). They are 12 points off the top of the table; only once have they been further behind the leaders after 12 games (13 points in 2014/15).


* United have a negative goal difference (-1) after the first 12 games of a top-flight season for the first time since 1977/78 (-1).


* United have lost at least four of their first 12 games of a top-flight season for the first time since 1990/91.


* Fulham (0) are the only club to keep fewer clean sheets than United (1) this season. Cardiff and Huddersfield (both 2) have more.


* Joe Hart (54), Lukasz Fabianski (49) and Mat Ryan (46) are the only keepers to have made more saves than David de Gea (42) in the Premier League this season.


* United have conceded as many shots in the Premier League this season as Huddersfield (154).


* United have scored fewer open play goals in the Premier League this season (12) than Watford (13).


* United have scored fewer goals (45) than Bournemouth (46), and conceded more (33) than Newcastle (32) in the Premier League in 2018.


* Romelu Lukaku (10) is the only player to reach double figures for goals in the Premier League for United in 2018 (29 games). Anthony Martial (9), Paul Pogba (6) and Marcus Rashford (5) are the only other players to score more than Chris Smalling (4) since January began. The best-paid player in England’s top flight – Alexis Sanchez – is one goal behind him.


* Jose Mourinho has lost at least once to ten of the 22 teams he has faced as United manager in the Premier League.


* Mourinho has now lost 18.97% of his 137 games at Manchester United. This is the third biggest loss percentage of his entire career, with only his second spell at Chelsea (19.85%) and his 20-game stint with União de Leiria (20%) ranking worse.

The only other time Mourinho has lost more than 14% of his games at any one club was during his first foray into management with Benfica (18.1%) in 2000. He then rarely lost with Porto (11.8%), Chelsea (11.3%), Inter Milan (13.8%) and Real Madrid (12.3%) His four worst tenures in management in terms of loss percentage have therefore been in his first two and last two jobs, with his four best all coming in between.

So Mourinho’s managerial career can now statistically be considered an inverted shit sandwich: a delicious filling wedged between two slices of fecal matter either side.


* Mourinho has lost 26 of his 137 United games. He has only lost more games during a single managerial spell once (27 losses in second Chelsea tenure).


* Liverpool have spent longer at the top of the Premier League table (50 days) than United (45 days) since Mourinho’s appointment in summer 2016.


* United’s Premier League shot conversion rate since Mourinho was appointed is 11.2%. Of the 14 teams to have played in every season of the Premier League since 2016/17, eight have a better shot conversion rate. That list includes Bournemouth (11.3%), Leicester (11.9%) and Everton (12.2%), the latter of whom sold their striker to United for £75m in summer 2017.


* Fifty-nine Premier League hat-tricks have been scored since Manchester United’s most recent (Robin van Persie, April 2013). Eighteen different Premier League clubs – including Aston Villa, Burnley, QPR, Stoke and Sunderland – have scored one since United last did.


* Wayne Rooney is in the top ten of players to score the most goals under Mourinho for United (8).


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