Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United equal historic club record of 40 matches unbeaten at Old Trafford

Manchester United, led by Jose Mourinho, have equalled a historic club record after the 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in the final group stage match of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening at Old Trafford. United are now unbeaten at the Theatre of Dreams in their last 40 matches, a record which was set between December 1964 and April 1966. It just shows that despite the media, pundits and the ABU’s suggesting Jose Mourinho was not the right man for the job, he has turned the club around and sent them back in the right direction.

United have not been beaten in any home match since the last Manchester derby at the Theatre of Dreams, played just after the first international break of last season on the 10th September 2016. In the last 40 matches, United have won 29 times, draw 11 times and scored an impressive 85 goals, conceding just 17 in all competitions. Old Trafford is turning into that fortress once again. In order to break this record, making it 41 matches unbeaten, United will need to beat Manchester City or draw against them in the Premier League clash on Sunday.

The current record, which has been matched, was set between the 1-0 victory over Leeds United on the 5th December 1964 and ran until United were beaten 2-1 by Leicester City on the 9th April 1966. In those 40 matches, United won 26 and drew 14 times, scoring 89 goals and conceding 32 goals. At this point in time, the current record beats the former with more victories and fewer goals conceded, which all matters. However, it will not mean anything unless the record is broken with a victory, or a draw, against City on Sunday.

Manchester United’s top five home unbeaten runs

1. 40 matches – December 1964 to April 1966

2. 40 matches – September 2016 to present

3. 38 matches – December 1998 to April 2000

4. 37 matches – April 2010 to October 2011

5. 33 matches – March 1955 to October 1956

Mourinho spoke to the media after the club matches the current record of 40 unbeaten matches at the Theatre of Dreams, talking about the record, which is something he is not proud about due to the poor results from last season where United drew more matches than they should have. Mourinho, speaking to the official Manchester United website, said:

“I’m not proud because we’ve had some bad results at home. We’ve drawn matches that are not good results. I’m not playing for records, I don’t want to stay in the history books of this club because of records. I want to stay because of things like winning the Europa League for the first time, I want to do more important things than that. But, it’s nice.”

This does not mean Manchester United have reached the promised land again, but it shows how much Mourinho has changed the club from the foundations upwards, bringing that belief back to the club which saw United win two major honours last season, which means United have won the Emirates FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the last manager before Louis van Gaal and Mourinho to lift a trophy for the club.

To make this record count, United will need to beat Manchester City on Sunday, which would make the record mean something. United then, if it happens, would have gone 41 matches unbeaten at the Theatre of Dreams, the last result being the one which showed Manchester City were actually beatable, despite what the pundits, ABU’s and the media had previously said about Pep Guardiola’s side. Of course, United will have no easy task beating Manchester City, but instead of aspiring to be like City, they need to go all out and show them that there is one team in Manchester.

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