Ten Hag 9-11 Solskjaer: 20 stats to prove Richard Keys is *actually* right about the Man Utd decline

Will Ford
Ten Hag Solskjaer Man Utd collage

In his first season in charge Erik ten Hag has won the League Cup with Manchester United, taken them to the FA Cup final, and barring something hilarious, back into the Champions League. Not bad, right?

WRONG! Not according to sage broadcaster Richard Keys, who reckons Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were all better, or Dwight Yorke, who crawled out of the woodwork to shed light on his old pal Ole having a “better record” than Ten Hag.

The Dutchman has now lost nine Premier League games in his first full season as United boss, more than Solskjaer did in both of his full campaigns at Old Trafford. Ipso facto – “better record”.

To call Keys and Yorke on their bullsh*t we dug through some stats*, and sorry folks (we don’t want to live in this world either), they’re right: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unequivocally a better football manager than Erik ten Hag.

* We used stats from 2019/20 (Solskjaer’s first full season) vs 2022/23. Thanks to Fotmob and FBref.


Points per game (PPG)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 1.74
Erik ten Hag: 1.85


Win Percentage
OGS: 47%
ETH: 56%


Goals per game
OGS: 1.74
ETH: 1.44


Goals conceded per game
OGS: 0.95
ETH: 1.20


PPG against Big Six
OGS: 1.80
ETH: 1.55


Expected goal difference
OGS: +24.5
ETH: +9.8


Average possession
OGS: 56.0%
ETH: 54.2%


Shots on target per game
OGS:  5.7
ETH: 5.4


Shots on target percentage
OGS: 37.9%
ETH: 34.9%


Big chances created per game
OGS: 1.4
ETH: 2.1


Accurate passes per game
OGS: 441.1
ETH: 412.0


Progressive passes per 90mins
OGS: 47.1
ETH: 41.2


Shot-creating actions per 90mins
OGS: 25.74
ETH: 26.59


Successful take-ons per 90mins
OGS: 11.7
ETH: 7.8


Touches in attacking penalty area per 90mins
OGS: 23.1
ETH: 26.5


Carries into attacking penalty area per 90mins
OGS: 6.71
ETH: 5.91


Successful tackles per game
OGS: 8.8
ETH: 10.2


Possession won in final third per game
OGS: 3.7
ETH: 5.1


Interceptions per game
OGS: 10.0
ETH: 9.4


Errors leading to an opponent shot per 90mins
OGS: 0.37
ETH: 0.29