Opening Day: Manchester United’s Sensational Starts in Numbers

Manchester United have a fine record when it comes to the first game of the season in the Premier League.

Matthew Crist

Manchester United begin their 2020/21 season against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford knowing they have a fine record when it comes to getting off to a flying start at the beginning of a Premier League campaign.

The Reds have won the first game in each of their last five league campaigns, including last year’s 4-0 triumph over Chelsea at Old Trafford, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will again take plenty of positives into the clash with Crystal Palace this time around.

They have won 19 of their previous 28 fixtures on the first weekend of the season, more than any other club, drawing four and losing five and since the launch of the Premier League in 1992 have averaged almost 2.5 points per game.

The Red Devils also boast the best opening-day record of any side who has been in the Premier League for five years or more showing that getting off to a solid start is a tradition the club are extremely keen to maintain.

And, historically, United are the most lethal side in the Premier League when it comes to their first home game having been victorious in 20 of their 27 introductory Premier League games at Old Trafford.

It’s all a far cry from August 1992 when United lost their first two games of the season, firstly away at Sheffield United and then going down 3-0 at home to Everton in the inaugural season of the Premier League (which they eventually won) and they have been beaten just once in an opening Old Trafford fixture since.

In subsequent years the fixture list has made pretty pleasant reading for the Reds as the last time they lost at home in the first game was back in 2014 when Swansea City secured a shock victory in Louis van Gaal’s first game as manager.

Before that you have to go back another two years for the club’s last opening day loss which came in 2012 courtesy of a Marouane Fellaini goal against Everton at Goodison Park in a season which eventually saw Alex Ferguson’s men finish as runners-up behind Manchester City.

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