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Manchester United lose only one game in seven. Against Chelsea? One in three


Brian Sears

3 February 2012

Manchester United have suffered only 107 defeats in the 20 seasons of Premier League football, or 107 in 756 games to date since 1992.

That’s an average of only one defeat for every seven games played.

The next best club at avoiding defeat in the long term, Arsenal, have totted up 151 defeats, which much closer to one defeat every five games.

But over the seasons it’s not Arsenal that has inflicted the most defeats over United – that cherished record belongs to Chelsea, United’s hosts this Sunday.

Chelsea actually lead United in Premier League contests, with 13 wins to 12, and 14 games drawn, from 39 meetings so far.

Chelsea are the only Premier League club currently to enjoy the distinction of having more wins against United than vice versa.

So on Sunday United have the opportunity to being back on par with Chelsea.

The only other club to be able to claim the distinction of having par Premier League status with United in this way is Burnley, who two years ago famously beat Man Utd 1-0 at Turf Moor and then lost 0-3 at Old Trafford.


Manchester United’s complete list of Premier League defeats, by opponent (games played against each)

13 defeats Chelsea (39)

11 defeats Liverpool (39); Arsenal (40)

6 defeats Man City (29); Blackburn (35)

5 defeats Southampton (26); Middlesbrough (28)

4 defeats Leeds (24); West Ham (32); Newcastle (36); Everton (39)

3 defeats Portsmouth (14); Sheff Wed (16); Fulham (21); Bolton (26); Aston Villa (39); Tottenham (39)

2 defeats Wolves (7); Ipswich (10); Derby (14); Wimbledon (16)

1 defeat Burnley (2); Oldham (4); Sheff Utd (6); Norwich (9); Nottm Forest (10); Leicester (16); Coventry (18); Sunderland (21)


Clubs who have played United in Premier League contests without managing to secure a win.

Here they are in order of games played:

1 game Swansea*

2 games Barnsley, Blackpool, Swindon

4 games Bradford, Hull, Reading, Watford

7 games Stoke*

8 games C Palace

9 games QPR*

11 games West Brom*

13 games Wigan*

14 games Birmingham

16 games Charlton

* clubs with another chance this season to gain their first victory over United.


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