Solskjaer´s 100 Premier League games: How does he compare to Ferguson and Man Utd´s other bosses?
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his Manchester United side dismantle Southampton 9-0 on Tuesday and will hope to be celebrating again on a personal landmark occasion against Everton.
The Norwegian, once a fan favourite as a striker at Old Trafford, will rack up his 100th game as a manager in the Premier League – including his spell as Cardiff City boss in 2014 – when the Toffees make the short hop to Manchester on Saturday.
At United, there have been some highs, some lows and more than a smattering of mediocrity, but the record-equalling hammering of Saints was further proof of the improvement made under Solskjaer’s leadership this season.
Ahead of the meeting against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, we took a quick look at how Solskjaer ranks against United’s other Premier League managers.
Fergie in a league of his own, but Jose within sight
It should come as little surprise that legendary Red Devils boss Alex Ferguson, who oversaw a trophy-laden 27-year spell, is far and away the most successful boss in the Premier League era for United.
In total, he took charge of 810 games in the competition, triumphing in 528 of those for a win percentage of 65.2 and an average of 2.16 points per game. There were 114 defeats in this time and a whopping 1,627 goals.
At United, Solskjaer has overseen 81 Premier League matches, with 41 wins and 17 defeats – a win percentage of 53.1 and 1.85 points per game.
That record trails Jose Mourinho slightly. The Portuguese, who was in the dugout for 93 top-flight matches, won 50 of his games. He accumulated an average of 1.89 points per game and his win percentage was 53.8.
Solskjaer, though, is performing better than two of his predecessors in Louis van Gaal (51.3 win percentage, 1.79 points per game) and David Moyes (50 win percentage, 1.68 points per game).
Comparisons to Fergie’s first hundred
There was once a time when even the great Ferguson saw his position under threat at Old Trafford, but boy was there a monumental payoff for the patience shown by United’s hierarchy.
During the Scot’s first 100 hundred matches as a manager in the Premier League, he won 62, drew 25 and lost only 13.
He had a win percentage of 62 and an average of 2.11 points per game, while there were 178 goals scored and only 79 conceded.
Some of Solskjaer’s 99 Premier League matches of course include that short and unsuccessful stint in south Wales.
Thus far he has been victorious 46 times for a win percentage of 46.5, while there have been 24 draws and 29 defeats.
Solskjaer has an average of 1.64 points per game, while his teams have scored 165 and shipped in 130.