Claudio Ranieri’s record against Manchester United

Manchester United will line up this weekend against a familiar opponent.

Next up are Watford, who were recently taken over by veteran Italian manager Claudio Ranieri.

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Ranieri’s record against United

In 16 career matches against United, Ranieri has won just twice. There have been six draws and eight losses.

Those results came during his time in charge of Chelsea, Leicester and Fulham.


His last win came all the way back in November 2003, when Chelsea beat United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Ranieri’s last five meetings with United have all ended in defeat, with United scoring 15 times and conceding only three.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has only faced Ranieri once in charge of United, winning 3-0 against his Fulham side in February 2019.

This weekend United will be looking to extend Ranieri’s rotten record and rack up another win.

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Solskjaer will also be looking for a major improvement from the awful performance United put in on the only previous visit to Watford of his reign.

On that occasion, David de Gea let Ismaila Sarr’s shot slip through his grasp and strike him in the face before crossing the line.

Then, Aaron Wan-Bissaka gave away a needless penalty to allow Troy Deeney to make it 2-0.

As well as de Gea and Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Fred all started that day.

All seven that all started the humbling 2-0 Manchester derby defeat and among them, only de Gea is on any kind of form. Even he fumbled Bernardo Silva’s shot into the net last time around.

But Ranieri’s record against United should offer some encouragement, as Solskjaer goes in search of a result he desperately needs.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.