Our superb opening-day record
Manchester United kick off a new Premier League campaign against Chelsea on Sunday and are hoping to maintain our excellent record in opening-weekend fixtures.
Even more impressive is our record during the first home match of the season. The Reds have won 20 of our 27 opening Premier League games at Old Trafford.
Since losing our very first home match of the Premier League, against Everton in 1992/93, United have been beaten just once in our opening Old Trafford fixture of a campaign - that came in 2014, against a Gylfi Sigurdsson-inspired Swansea City.
Last season was a much more enjoyable opener for the Reds, as we beat Leicester City 2-1, thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be hoping for similar success in Sunday’s clash with Chelsea, which will, incidentally, be the Norwegian’s first opening weekend as a Premier League manager.
That game was one of just three previous occasions when we have met a so-called ‘top-six’ side on the opening weekend, with the other two coming in wins against Tottenham Hotspur in 1998 and 2015.
The 2019/20 season will also be the ninth time we’ve kicked things off by playing a club from the capital. United fans will no doubt have fond memories of the last time this happened, two years ago, in 2017, when we beat West Ham United 4-0 at home.
Of those eight previous games, United have an impressive record of seven wins and just one defeat.
OVERALL RECORD IN OPENING MATCHES
Played: 27 Won: 18 Drawn: 4 Lost: 5.
Biggest win: 5-1 v Fulham (H), 2006.
Heaviest defeat: 3-1 v Aston Villa (A), 1995.
Most frequent opponents: Everton/Newcastle United (three previous meetings).
Top scorer: Wayne Rooney- 7 goals.
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