Manchester United have a chance to set a Premier League record against Aston Villa tonight.
It is a record which appears so simple, that is really is remarkable that it has not been done before.
United’s official website states: “United are looking to become the first team in Premier League history to win four consecutive matches by a margin of three or more goals.”
United previously beat Sheffield United 3-0, Brighton 3-0, and Bournemouth 5-2.
Even though this record would stretch back just to the beginning of the Premier League in 1992, it really is surprising that this would be a feat which no team has accomplished.
None of Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering teams managed it, and nor did title winning sides at Arsenal, City, Chelsea or this year’s Liverpool, or any of their challengers.
Perhaps United will find out tonight why this record stands. Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team keep up the pace?
Statistically records of United and Villa are in our favour. Solskjaer’s side are averaging three goals per match since the restart.
Villa are averaging 0.4 goals per match across their five league games since lockdown ended.
Three points more important than three goal gap
What matters most of course is that United beat Villa. We have an opportunity to move to within one point of fourth placed Leicester, and a match against them still to be played.
It could be a scrappy 1-0 or a battling 4-3 for all we really care, so long as we get that win.
But the form United are in, you would not put it past this team to put three or four past Villa and keep a clean sheet, setting a new Premier League record in the process.
If we do, it will be another notch on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial record.
It would also underline a lack of quality in the Premier League this year, which has played a part in Liverpool walking to the title without really being pushed.
A big win for us will keep up the momentum we are trying to build to set ourselves up for a title challenge of our own next season.
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