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Manchester United’s comeback triumph against West Ham United on Saturday was one for the history books - and the stat nerds!
The Reds were behind at half-time but goals from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford in the second half secured three vital Premier League points for the visitors.
But that really doesn't tell the full story of a dramatic afternoon in the capital - which is better explained by these impressive stats and facts…
AWAY RUN EXTENDED
The win at the London Stadium was our ninth straight away Premier League win, the longest run in the club’s history. Our previous record was seven away victories on the bounce between April and August 1993, but we beat that in dramatic fashion against Southampton last week. Our next away league fixture, and a chance to make it 10 in a row, is against strugglers Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on 17 December.
We haven't been making it easy for ourselves of late, but the reward at the end tastes even better. The comeback against the Irons was the fifth straight away league win where the Reds have come from behind to secure three points. That means United have picked up 15 of our 19 points from losing positions this season, the most in the league. Liverpool are second with nine and Chelsea, having played a game more, are third with seven.
Picking up points after falling behind is nothing new for United as, with the win at West Ham, we became the team that has picked up the most points after falling behind in Premier League history. Tottenham Hotspur had held the previous record with 383 points, but United’s win at the London Stadium means we now have gained 385 points from losing positions. We just love a comeback at this club!
Mason Greenwood scored his 20th United goal with a superb half-volleyed strike. Since the start of last season, the 19-year-old has has scored more goals than any Premier League teenager. In fact, he has twice as many as the next on the list, Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli, who has 10 goals in that time frame.
Bruno Fernandes was once again pivotal in our comeback triumph. In 45 minutes, the Portuguese magnifico created an incredible eight chances from open play, the highest total in a league game this season! He also set up Paul Pogba for the equaliser, meaning Bruno now has 36 goal contributions (22 goals and 14 assists) in 38 United appearances - five more than any Premier League player since his arrival last January.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have really found form in recent weeks. Since our defeat to Tottenham on 4 October, no team has won more Premier League games than the Reds.
Manchester United have won 5 Premier League games since the loss to Spurs on October 4th, more than any other team has managed in that period.— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) December 5, 2020
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The result also sends the Reds up to fourth in the table for the first time since we secured Champions League football at the King Power Stadium in last season’s final match. Although, this could change depending on Sunday's results.
Juan Mata came off the bench and showed his experience, vision and class in the capital. He was instrumental when his pass put Marcus Rashford through for our third and final goal of the evening. Our September Player of the Month has scored three times and provided two assists in 549 minutes for United this season - a direct goal contribution every 110 minutes. Impressive, Juan!
POGBA’S HAMMER BLOW
Paul Pogba scored his first goal of the season after struggling with an ankle problem and recovering from COVID-19 earlier this year. Now, the Frenchman is finding his rhythm. His goal was his fourth against West Ham, meaning the Hammers are the opponent he has scored most against for United.
TELLES’ WIN STREAK
Since Alex Telles came into the side, United are unbeaten in the league, having won three in a row. The Brazilian’s attacking output has also been evident with brilliant delivery from set-pieces. As well, the left-back set up Mason Greenwood for our second goal in London, his first United assist. We’re sure there are plenty more to come.
United pull off another impressive turnaround on the road. We never say die!
SUMMER SIGNINGS STARTING
In London, summer arrivals Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all started together for the first time in the Premier League. In the first half, Edinson was a constant pain for the West Ham defence with his movement and physicality, meanwhile Donny was lively in midfield. As Ole looked for a comeback, our no. 34 was subbed off for Bruno Fernandes, whereas Edinson had to throw in the towel due to injury and came off for Marcus Rashford.
RASHFORD HITS 10
Our no.10 scored his 10th goal of the season in all competitions, as he dinked the ball over Fabianski to put United 3-1 up, and secure another win on the road. The attacker has done so in only 17 appearances in all competitions and has also provided five assists to his team-mates in those matches.