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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Record As Manchester United Manager Is Close To Jose Mourinho's After 140 Games

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Record As Manchester United Manager Is Close To Jose Mourinho's After 140 Games

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has managed Manchester United for the same amount of games as Jose Mourinho, and the two men's records aren't too far apart.

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On Thursday night, Solskjaer took charge of United for the 144th time, since taking charge as interim boss in December 2018.

The match was full of incident, as the Premier League side beat Roma 6-2 in their Europa League semi final first leg, and was the almost perfect example of a United game under the manager.

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United were sloppy in the first half and looked like they could go out in a fifth semi-final in just over a year, but they turned things around with a typically excellent second half, with Edinson Cavani in brilliant form.

The win was the 82nd under Solskjaer, as per Wikipedia, and it means he is just two behind Mourinho, who also managed 140 games for the Old Trafford side, with both men securing 32 draws.

Solskjaer and Mourinho's records are closer than you might think. Image: PA Images
Solskjaer and Mourinho's records are closer than you might think. Image: PA Images

There is quite a gap when it comes to the goals scored, either for or against the Premier League team, during the two spells.

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Under the current boss, United have scored 268 times and have conceded 140 goals, a total of 408 goals or an average of 2.83 goals per game.

Mourinho's more defensive style of football saw the team score 244 times but only concede on 121 occasions, so 365 goals, or 2.53 goals per game.

The man who came before the former Spurs manager was Louis van Gaal and under the Dutchman, the team were involved in just 2.48 goals per game.

Van Gaal also had a worse win percentage than his two successors, with the former Ajax man winning 52.43% of his 103 games, compared to Solskjaer's 56.94 and Mourinho's 58.33.

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Top: Van Gaal won the FA Cup but was soon sacked. Bottom: David Moyes didn't have a happy time as United boss. Images: PA Images
Top: Van Gaal won the FA Cup but was soon sacked. Bottom: David Moyes didn't have a happy time as United boss. Images: PA Images

David Moyes was in charge for the least amount of time, managing just 51 games and nine months before his sacking, but actually has a better win percentage than Van Gaal.

The former Everton boss won 52.94% of his games, with 27 matches ending in victory, but he had no silverware to keep him in a job.

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Mourinho, who's latest job is on talkSPORT, won the Europa League and Carabao Cup in his two seasons at the club, as well as a second place finish.

Van Gaal captured the FA Cup in his last match in charge, before being sacked a day later and being replaced by Mourinho.

In his 25 years in charge at the club, Fergie won 59.67% of his 1500 games in charge of the club, and won 25 major trophies.

Solskjaer will be hoping that the Europa League will end his wait for silverware!

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Football, Europa League, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, David Moyes

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