Monday blues are rare for the Reds
Manchester United's second game of the 2019/20 season, away to Wolverhampton Wanderers, presents the Reds with an opportunity to extend our fantastic Premier League record on Monday nights.
The Reds had trailed 2-0 with 35 minutes remaining, but a spirited fightback saw us get back on level terms heading into injury time, before Nemanja Matic’s barnstorming late strike ensured we returned from the capital with all the points; the Serbian duly earned our 2017/18 Goal of the Season award.
A few months later, Old Trafford staged its first Monday game, against Coventry City, on 28 December 1992. This was also one to remember for the Reds with Ryan Giggs, Mark Hughes, Eric Cantona, Lee Sharpe and Denis Irwin all netting in a comfortable 5-0 win.
Fans may also fondly recall the 2-1 win against Liverpool in September 2004 when Mikael Silvestre netted a brace for United but the best Monday game of all has to be one from almost nine years later, on 22 April 2013.
That was the night when we clinched our record-breaking 20th league championship, thanks to Robin van Persie’s immaculate hat-trick against Aston Villa.
We have only lost six Monday games, including our most recent one - a 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in August 2018.
As for our next opponents, Wolves, they have a much less enviable record on the first day of the week, with no wins from five Premier League games.
The Black Country club have lost four of those matches, with their only point being the one they picked up in last February’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle at Molineux.
OUR FULL RECORD IN MONDAY PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES
Goals for: 119
Goals against: 49
Our win ratio is better on Mondays than it is for Premier League games overall - 68 per cent compared to 62 per cent.
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