Reds on longest stretch without a draw

Thursday 07 December 2023 10:40

Manchester United have never been on a longer top-flight run without a draw, following Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Chelsea.

The Reds have had 22 successive matches in the division without sharing the spoils and are the only team in the Premier League not have earned a point from a game this term, following our mixed form in 2023/24.

With six victories in our last eight league outings, though, things are looking positive ahead of Saturday's visit of Bournemouth.

Of course, there was a draw as recently as last week, in the UEFA Champions League against Galatasaray, which was the first of the campaign for Erik ten Hag's Reds.

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As the midweek fixture with the west Londoners did not end in a stalemate, thanks to Scott McTominay's double, it has set the longest streak in this regard, with the club's top-flight record extending all the way back to the 1893/1894 season.

Between the September and March of that term, in the days when we were called Newton Heath and played our home matches at Bank Street, there was a previous run of 21 games with only wins and losses. Unfortunately, there were far more of the latter (17), including a 11-game losing rut as we finished bottom of Division One and were relegated after a play-off with Liverpool.

A couple of seasons later, we actually had a longer sequence without a draw, but this was in Division Two. After a 5-5 thriller at home to Lincoln City in November 1895, the Heathens won 16 and lost 10 of the subsequent 26 matches, before a goalless draw with Manchester City.

There was also a run of 25 games without a draw (17 wins, eight defeats) between 1934 and 1935, when United were managed by Scott Duncan.

Our last draw in the Premier League was back in April, when Tottenham came from 2-0 down to claim a point in north London.

Ten Hag's men are currently sixth in the table, three points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, and nine behind leaders Arsenal.