Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: How Manchester United boss compares to his predecessors after 19 games in charge

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has secured himself the manager’s job at Manchester United on a permanent basis after a superb spell as interim boss.

Solskjaer, 46, has suffered just one defeat in 13 league games, smashing several records along the way.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided United to victory in 14 of 19 matches during his time as caretaker manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided United to victory in 14 of 19 matches during his time as caretaker manager

Incredibly, the Norwegian has a 73.7 win percentage in all competitions to date, winning 14 of his 19 games in charge, while drawing two land losing three.

But how does he compare to his predecessors after the same amount of games played?

talkSPORT.com takes a look at the last three below…


Jose Mourinho

The two-time Champions League winning boss came to United in the summer of 2016, following the departure of Louis van Gaal.

The former Chelsea boss, who won the Carabao Cup and Europa League during his two-year stint in Manchester, started off his United career in positive fashion with three wins on the bounce.

Jose Mourinho led Manchester United to Europa League glory in May 2017

Jose Mourinho led Manchester United to Europa League glory in May 2017

Back-to-back league defeats against arch nemesis Manchester City and Watford, sandwiched between a disappointing 1-0 loss to Feyenoord, ended Mourinho’s honeymoon period in charge very swiftly.

The Red Devils responded with another sequence of three wins, before losing just one of their next six games thereafter – though they failed to register a single win in the Premier League during that time.

Another poor display in the Europa League, resulting in a 2-1 defeat at Fenerbahce, capped off a disappointing couple of months for Mourinho.

But it all ended in tears for Mourinho at Old Trafford

But it all ended in tears for Mourinho at Old Trafford

They started November in positive fashion, first beating Swansea on the road before drawing with Arsenal, winning their 19th game of the season in emphatic fashion against Feyenoord 4-0 at Old Trafford.

Mourinho’s record after his first 19 games at Old Trafford (in all competitions):

W10, D4, L5 – Overall win rate: 52.6 per cent


Louis van Gaal

The enigmatic Dutchman was at the helm at Old Trafford for just under two years, with Van Gaal sacked just two days after delivering his first trophy for the club, the FA Cup, back in May 2016.

His playing style wasn’t easier on the eye, but with that said he still proved to be a success during his time in charge of the Red Devils.

It didn’t start well for Van Gaal though, with the club enduring their worst start to a season since 1986/87, winning just three of their first 10 league games and languishing in ninth place.

Louis van Gaal was sacked by Manchester United after winning the FA Cup

Louis van Gaal was sacked by Manchester United after winning the FA Cup

The Red Devils made a dramatic recovery from that awful beginning to the season though, winning seven of their next eight league games.

After the 4-1 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day, United stood in a far healthier league position (third) and four points clear of fifth placed West Ham.

Van Gaal’s record after his first 19 games at Old Trafford (in all competitions):

W10, D5, L4 – Overall win rate: 52.6 per cent


David Moyes

Moyes was sacked as United boss in April 2014, only 10 months after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former Everton and West Ham boss was chosen by Ferguson to  be his successor when he retired after 26 years in charge of the club in May 2013.

And while it all ended in disaster, the first few months of Moyes’ reign in Manchester weren’t all that bad.

David Moyes was sacked after just 10 months in charge of Manchester United

David Moyes was sacked after just 10 months in charge of Manchester United

A rampant win on the road at Swansea ensured Moyes started his United career in the best possible way, securing another four wins from his first 10 games in charge.

The Red Devils went the next nine games unbeaten after that point, recording six wins and three draws.

Moyes’ record after his first 19 games at Old Trafford (in all competitions):

W11, D5, L3 – Overall win rate: 57.9 per cent


But how does Solskjaer compare with rivals Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino?

Pochettino after first 19 games at Tottenham

W10, D4, L5 – Overall win rate: 52.6 per cent

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Guardiola after first 19 games at Man City

W12, D4, L3 – Overall win rate: 63.2 per cent

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Klopp after first 19 games at Liverpool

W10, D5, L4 – Overall win rate: 52.6 per cent

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

With Ole at the wheel United look a formidable force again, but for just how long can he keep this ridiculously high win percentage where it is?

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