01/09/2012 09:00, Report by Jack Wylie, N Coppack
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Sir Alex: 1000 not out

points, winning 28 games and losing just three. The Reds cruised to victory by a whopping 17-point margin. It remains, statistically, United’s best league season during the Ferguson era.

One to forget It’s hard to believe, but Sir Alex’s reign hasn’t always been successful. It took time to get going. In fact, in the 1989-90 campaign United mustered only a 13th-place finish, averaging just 1.26 points per game. Ouch.

Goals galore The boss has watched many a rampant attacking display. His biggest league victory came on 4 March 1995, when Andy Cole hit five against Ipswich Town at OT in a spectacular 9-0 win. It remains a Premier League record. Away from home, Sir Alex’s biggest victory came at Nottingham Forest on 6 February 1999 when four late strikes by substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned a romp into an 8-1 rout.

On the receiving end In the interest of balance, we should point out the manager has also had to endure the odd thrashing. Sir Alex’s biggest defeat came last season as Manchester City racked up a 6-1 victory (albeit against 10 men) at Old Trafford.  He described the match as “an embarrassment” and labelled it his “worst ever day” as United boss. Coincidentally, Ferguson’s three largest league defeats have all come in the month of October.

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Facts and figures

Wins: 599
Draws: 233
Losses: 168

Most wins in a season: 28 (1999/00, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2011/12)

Fewest defeats in a season: 3 (1998/99, 1999/2000)

Consecutive clean sheets: 14 (15 Nov 2008 to 18 Feb 2009)

Most goals in a season: 97 (1999/2000)

Fewest goals conceded in a season: 22 (2007/08)

* All stats league games only


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