United are the Premier League comeback kings
Manchester United’s 2-1 victory against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday evening was a hugely significant result for Erik ten Hag and his side.
The Reds responded superbly to Alex Iwobi’s early long-range goal, with breakaway efforts from Antony and Cristiano Ronaldo – his 700th club career goal – turning the game on its head.
100 - @ManUtd have become the first side to win 100 Premier League games in which they conceded the first goal:— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 9, 2022
100 - Man Utd
96 - Spurs
85 - Liverpool
84 - Chelsea
79 - Arsenal
United had further chances to stretch our lead and Marcus Rashford’s goal was harshly ruled out for handball, but we held firm in the face of a late Toffees onslaught and claimed the win, which Opta highlighted is our 100th victory in the Premier League after conceding the first goal of a game.
We are the first club to reach that landmark since the division was rebranded in 1992 and it’s taken a while to arrive, with United last coming from behind to win a top-flight match in December of last year, when we beat Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford in Michael Carrick’s final game as caretaker boss.
Only two of our 31 Premier League seasons haven’t featured a win from behind: the 1995/96 campaign, when Eric Cantona inspired us to a title win that required United to reel in early leaders Newcastle United, and 2011/12, as we were pipped to the post by rivals Manchester City.
We average around three to four comeback wins a season, but two terms stand out, with an incredible 10 of United’s 21 victories under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2020/21 being secured after conceding first.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s final title-winning season, in 2012/13, was also something of an anomaly.
We comfortably won the league that term, finishing 11 points clear of City, although there were nine comeback wins, eight of them coming in the 19 games between the start of the season and Boxing Day.
OUR FAVOURITE COMEBACK WINS
United’s first Premier League comeback success was achieved in 1993, when goals from Brian McClair and Eric Cantona beat Sheffield United, following an early Franz Carr strike at Old Trafford.
Our 50th was among our most memorable, with Ronaldo hammering home a brilliant individual effort at Craven Cottage to give us a 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage, in a game Fulham dominated for large periods.
In and around these landmark victories, there have been plenty of other come-from-behind wins for the ages, so scroll down to watch 10 of our favourites, via the Premier League Collection…