United top post-World Cup Premier League table

Tuesday 07 February 2023 09:00

Manchester United have claimed more Premier League points than any other side since the resumption of the season following the World Cup break.

Erik ten Hag’s Reds have won five of our last seven fixtures in the division, including all four played at Old Trafford.

Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth, Manchester City and, most recently, Crystal Palace have all been beaten in M16, with United also securing three points on the road at Wolves on New Year’s Eve.

We drew with Palace at Selhurst Park, with Michael Olise’s last-gasp free-kick denying us another victory, while a point looked to be on the cards in our only defeat, at Arsenal, until Eddie Nketiah’s 90th-minute winner for the table-toppers.

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United’s 16 points since Qatar 2022 are two more than closest challengers Brentford, although the Bees have played one fewer game than us, with our visit to Palace having been rearranged from September.

Thomas Frank’s men are the only side with a better goal difference than United, according to Planet Football, with their tally +9 compared to our +8.

Brighton, Manchester City, Arsenal and Fulham have all accrued 13 points, while Nottingham Forest continue to climb the table as almost half of their season total of 24 points has been claimed during their last six games.

At the other end of the scale, Bournemouth and our next opponents, Leeds United, are the only two top-flight clubs without a victory since the World Cup.

The Cherries have drawn one and lost five of their last six, while Leeds – who relieved manager Jesse Marsch of his duties on Monday afternoon – have struggled to convert draws into wins.

The good form also extends to the players, with Marcus Rashford's tally of 11 post-Qatar goals more than any other player in Europe's top-five leagues, while Bruno Fernandes has recorded a goal involvement in six straight league games - a personal best for him during his time with the club.

Of course, United have also experienced success away from the league in the seven weeks since domestic football reconvened.

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We can look forward to a Carabao Cup final against Newcastle United at the end of February, following wins over Burnley, Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest.

Everton and Reading have also been vanquished in the Emirates FA Cup, with West Ham United next up in March’s fifth round.

With our Europa League campaign set to restart next week, let’s just hope the excellent post-Qatar run can keep going!