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List of unwanted records Manchester United have broken under Erik ten Hag this season

Published at :December 14, 2023 at 9:09 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:22 AM
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Rohit Sarkar


In Manchester United‘s storied history, the current season (2023-24) stands out for all the wrong reasons. Under the management of Erik ten Hag, the once-mighty Red Devils find themselves in the throes of an unprecedented crisis. The dismal performance in both the Premier League and the Champions League has left fans disheartened and the football world agog.

Manchester United’s Champions League Plunge:

The Champions League, a stage where Manchester United once asserted dominance, has become a nightmare under Ten Hag. The draw in August seemed favourable, but what unfolded was a series of disappointments. Not only did the team fail to advance, but they also limped to the bottom of the group, amassing a mere four points from six games—a winless record that etched Manchester United into the history books for all the wrong reasons.

The defensive power that was once a hallmark of the English team in the Champions League took a severe hit. Under Ten Hag, Manchester United conceded a staggering 15 goals in the group stages, a feat unprecedented in the competition’s rich history. Clean sheets became a rarity, with the team failing to secure one in five out of six group games.

Manchester United, synonymous with success, now grapples with the ignominy of a losing streak. The team had never before lost four out of six group games in the Champions League—a record tarnished under the stewardship of Erik ten Hag.

The Premier League, the crucible of English football, witnessed Manchester United’s plunge to the sixth position in the table. With just 27 points from 16 games, the team is a shadow of its former self. This season marks the first time since 1974 that Manchester United has lost nine of the opening 17 league games.

Ten Hag’s tenure has seen Manchester United plunge to depths not witnessed in decades. Losing back-to-back league games against Newcastle, a feat not accomplished since 1972, highlights the team’s vulnerability. The defensive frailty is further underscored by conceding 3+ goals in four different Champions League games—a stark departure from the club’s glorious past.

Unwanted Records: A Detailed Catalogue

Champions League Misery

  1. Historic Low Points: Manchester United, under Ten Hag, recorded their lowest points tally ever in the Champions League group stages – a mere 5 points.
  2. Defensive Debacle: Conceding 15 goals in the group stages shattered the previous record for an English club.
  3. Winless Woes: A winless record of four losses in six games marked a historic low for Manchester United.
  4. Clean Sheet Conundrum: Failing to keep a clean sheet in five out of six group games marked another unwanted record.
  5. Early Exit: Finishing at the bottom of the Champions League group hadn’t happened since 2006 until Ten Hag’s arrival.

Premier League Nightmares

  1. Bournemouth‘s Breakthrough: Bournemouth achieved a historic win at Old Trafford, scoring three goals—a first in their history.
  2. Newcastle’s dominance: Losing three consecutive games to Newcastle, including two in a row, was an unprecedented setback.
  3. Penalty Plague: Giving away four penalties in the first four Champions League group games was an unfortunate first.
  4. Young Scorer: No player as young as Roony Bardghji had ever scored against Manchester United in the Champions League.

Uncharted Territory

  1. Historic Defeats: Losing 8 out of the opening 15 games in a season hadn’t occurred since 1962.
  2. Galatasaray‘s Triumph: Galatasaray secured their first-ever win on English soil, breaking a 117-year record.

Let’s now take a look at the list of all the unwanted records broken by Manchester United this season:

  • Manchester United had never finished with as few as 5 points in the CL group stages in the history of the competition, until this season under Erik Ten Hag
  • No English club had ever conceded 15 goals in the CL group stages in the history of the competition until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United had never lost four of six CL group games in the history of the competition, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United had never failed to keep a clean sheet in five of the six CL group games in the history of the competition, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United had never lost 12 of the opening 23 games of the season, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United hadn’t finished at the bottom of their CL group since 2006. Until Erik Ten Hag.
  • Bournemouth had never won at Old Trafford Until Erik Ten Hag
  • Bournemouth had never scored three goals at Old Trafford until Erik Ten Hag
  • Bournemouth had never kept a clean sheet at Old Trafford until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United had never lost seven of the opening 16 PL games until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United hadn’t lost back-to-back league games against Newcastle since 1972, until 2023-24 season
  • Manchester United hadn’t lost 3 games in a row to Newcastle United since 1922, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Newcastle hadn’t kept 3 clean sheets in a row against Manchester United since 1897, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United had never lost 6 of the opening 14 games of a PL season, until Erik Ten Hag
  • No English team in CL history had ever conceded 14 goals in the first 5 CL group games, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United had never conceded 3+ goals in 4 different CL games in a season, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United had never lost a CL game they were leading by 2 goals, until Erik Ten Hag, twice since.
  • Manchester United hadn’t lost a game they were leading by 2+ goals since 2014, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United had never dropped this many points from a winning position in CL history, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United had never conceded 4+ in two CL group games, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United hadn’t lost 9 of the opening 17 games since 1974, until Erik Ten Hag
  • No team had ever given away 4 penalties in their first 4 CL group games in the history of the competition, until Erik Ten Hag
  • No player as young as Roony Bardghji had scored against Manchester United in the CL, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United hadn’t lost eight of the opening 15 games in a season since 1962, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United hadn’t lost five of their first 10 games at Old Trafford since 1931, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Newcastle hadn’t won at Old Trafford since 2013, until Erik Ten Hag.
  • Newcastle hadn’t won a cup game against Manchester United since 1994, until Erik Ten Hag.
  • Manchester United hadn’t lost twice in a row to Newcastle since 1972, until 2023-24 season
  • No post-war Manchester United manager had conceded 20 goals to City and Liverpool in their first 6 games against them, until this season
  • Manchester United hadn’t lost 5 of the opening 10 league games in 36 years, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Galatasaray hadn’t won a game on English soil in 117 years of existence, until Erik Ten Hag.
  • Manchester United had never lost the opening 2 CL group games, until Erik Ten Hag.
  • Manchester United had never conceded 7 goals in the opening 2 CL group games, until Erik Ten Hag.
  • Manchester United had never conceded 3+ goals in back-to-back CL games, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Galatasaray hadn’t scored in or won an away goal in the CL since 2015, 3 in one game as soon as they met Erik Ten Hag.
  • Manchester United hadn’t lost 4 of the opening 7 games in PL history, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United haven’t had as few as 9 points from the opening 7 games since 1989, until Erik Ten Hag
  • Manchester United hadn’t conceded 4 goals in a CL group game in 28 years, until this season under Erik Ten Hag.

Erik ten Hag’s reign at Manchester United has been marked by a litany of unwanted records, plunging the club into depths previously unimaginable. The once-mighty Red Devils find themselves grappling with a crisis that extends from historic lows in the Champions League to unprecedented setbacks in the Premier League. The hope now rests on the shoulders of the management to navigate the team out of this quagmire and restore the glory that has defined Manchester United for generations.

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