Manchester United have made a very poor start to their Premier League season and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under a lot of pressure in recent weeks.
Despite spending massive sums of money in the transfer window, Manchester United have struggled to match up to the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool in recent years.
A club of their stature should be challenging for the League and the Champions League every year but the progress has been negligible since the arrival of Solskjaer.
It will be interesting to see if Manchester United can turn their form around in the League and justify their transfer outlay on the pitch now.
Manchester United’s form under Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer has drawn comparisons with the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and how he fared in his first 100 games in charge of the Premier League champions.
The Manchester United manager has managed to win six more games as compared to the German and he has a better win percentage as well.
Although Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool earned more Premier League points in that period of time Manchester United scored more goals and conceded less.
In plain viewing it seems like Solskjaer has done a better job than Klopp but the deeper picture is far from that.
The German helped Liverpool reach the final of the Europa League and the final of the League Cup in his very first season.
Furthermore, he managed to instil a clear and distinct philosophy immediately and Liverpool’s style of play changed dramatically.
Even though the results were not desirable, Liverpool’s improvement was stark and evident.
In terms of finances, Manchester United have backed Solskjaer heavily and Jurgen Klopp had to deal with the club’s philosophy of sell to buy.
In addition to that, the Liverpool line up Jurgen Klopp inherited was far inferior compared to the one Solskjaer inherited at Manchester United. Solskjaer took over a side that managed to win a treble under Mourinho.
Regardless of what the statistics show, there can be no doubts that Jurgen Klopp has done a far better job then the Manchester United manager in his first 100 games and it will be interesting to see if Solskjaer can improve and scale the heights reached by Klopp over the last couple of seasons.
Played: Solskjaer: 100 Klopp: 100
Won: 56 – 50
Drawn: 20 – 29
Lost: 24 – 21
Goals scored: 186 – 182
Goals conceded: 104 – 108
Points (all comps): 188 – 179
PPG (all comps): 1.88 – 1.79
Premier League points: 113 – 125
Premier League PPG: 1.74 – 1.81
Overall win percentage: 56% – 50%