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Reds go Premier League season unbeaten on the road

Sunday 23 May 2021 19:30

Manchester United have become only the fourth team in English top-flight history to go a full season unbeaten away from home.

After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 10 changes to his starting line-up at Molineux on Sunday afternoon, a youthful United side scored two first-half goals to seal an impressive victory.

Our first win at Molineux since 2012 extends the club's unbeaten away record in the Premier League to 26 games, including the whole of this season. Only Preston North End (1888/89) and Arsenal (2001/02 and 2003/04) have achieved the same feat in the past.

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UNBEATEN SEASONS ON THE ROAD IN ENGLAND'S TOP-FLIGHT
Preston North End 1888/89
Arsenal 2001/02
Arsenal 2003/04
UNITED 2020/21

"What an achievement," Ole told BT Sport after the game.

"Then again, our home form hasn't been that great. But to go a season undefeated, that's something we'll be proud of."

The 2-1 win against Wolves wrapped our Premier League campaign but there'll be immediate opportunity to break another record early next season. Only Arsenal have gone on a longer unbeaten away run than United in the top flight.

LONGEST UNBEATEN AWAY RUNS
Arsenal – 27 (April 2003 – September 2004) 
UNITED - 26 (February 2020 - present)
Arsenal – 23 (August 2001 – September 2002) 
Nottingham Forest – 21 (December 1977 – November 1978) 
Liverpool – 21 (January 2019 – February 2020)
18-year-old Anthony Elanga put United ahead on Sunday.

At various points this season, it has seemed inevitable that the run would come to an end but Solskjaer's side have demonstrated a fantastic ability to come from behind. The Reds have bounced back to win nine times in the league.

In a season in which fans have rarely been allowed to watch games from the stands, there have been some spectacular moments on the road for Ole's boys. The most famous of such scenarios was on the south coast early in the campaign when Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty after the full-time whistle had been blown, following a VAR intervention, to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2.

The focus now though is very much set on Wednesday's Europa League Final. Ole has been keen to play down the importance of the unbeaten away record all season, instead bringing talk back to league positions and trophies. A first piece of silverware for the Norwegian as United boss on Wednesday would be a wonderful way to end a good season.

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