Sir Alex Ferguson and Sam Allardyce.

What’s our record like against Big Sam?

Thursday 11 February 2021 16:00

Manchester United come up against a familiar opponent on Sunday as we travel to face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

The match will be the 28th meeting between manager Sam Allardyce and the Reds, with the Baggies currently 19th in the Premier League table.

It will also be the first time we’ve come up against a Big Sam side since 1 January 2018, when goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard sealed a 2-0 win over his former club Everton at Goodison Park.

Ahead of the next instalment this weekend, here’s all you need to know about our history against Allardyce.
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A regular figure in the Premier League, Sunday’s match will see Allardyce face United with his seventh different club.

Starting with Bolton Wanderers in 2001/02, the 66-year-old has also managed Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton against the Reds in the top flight.

But it is with Bolton where he has come up against us the most, with 11 of his 27 games against United taking place while in charge of the Trotters.
Allardyce’s teams have historically struggled against the Reds, during our 27 previous encounters. Big Sam has won just three times in those, with two actually coming in the first three meetings.

The Baggies boss has drawn six times with the Reds, three of those coming during his spell in charge of West Ham.

But it’s mainly defeats Allardyce has tasted when facing United - 18 defeats in fact, from the 27 matches. United have also lost only once in our last 24 meetings - a 2-1 defeat to Sunderland in 2016.
Giggsy scored this peach against Allardyce's Bolton in 2003.
The Reds have scored plenty of goals against Allardyce’s sides over the years, managing 60 across all competitions in some fondly remembered matches. 

A hat-trick from current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a late strike from Ruud van Nistelrooy gave United a first victory against Big Sam in a 4-0 win at Bolton in January 2002.

We also beat Wanderers by the same score in August 2003, when a teenage Cristiano Ronaldo made his Reds debut.

That was one of five occasions we put four past Big Sam’s Bolton – we actually did it home and away in 2006/07, the second of saw which braces from Ji-Sung Park and Wayne Rooney that helped to keep Sir Alex Ferguson’s men on track for the title.

However our biggest win came in November 2010, as Dimitar Berbatov was the star of the show scoring five times in a 7-1 win against Blackburn.
One of the five Berba netted against Rover in 2010.
Interestingly, our first meeting against Allardyce ended in defeat, with goals from Kevin Nolan and Michael Ricketts overturning Juan Sebastian Veron’s opener to secure a shock 2-1 win at Old Trafford in October 2001.

Allardyce would then win again 1-0 at the Theatre of Dreams the following season before having to wait 14 years for his third and most recent victory with Sunderland in February 2016.

On that occasion, a David De Gea own-goal proved to be the decider, as the Black Cats survived the drop in the 2015/16 campaign.
Allardyce was appointed West Brom manager in December and has led Albion to some impressive results, including a 1-1 draw at Anfield and a 3-2 victory over local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Although, West Brom have also lost by three or more goals to four sides since the managerial change and recently failed to beat either Fulham or Sheffield United in relegation six-pointers.

The Baggies are currently 19th in the table and 11 points from safety. Allardyce has never been relegated as a Premier League manager and three points for the hosts at The Hawthorns this weekend could go a long way to preserving that record.