Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will set a club record on Sunday if he can find a way to beat high flying Tottenham at Wembley to record a sixth consecutive win in all competitions since being appointed shortly before Christmas.
Solskjaer is already level on five straight wins with legendary former boss Sir Matt Busby, who won each of his first five games in charge back in 1946, but the Norwegian, who has restored a feel good factor to the club, will be out in front on his own if he extends that run this weekend.
What’s more, United’s January record suggests he has an excellent chance.
Research from LeoVegas Sport can reveal that United have cumulatively amassed 216 points during the month of January since the Premier League era began in the 1992/93 campaign.
It has usually been outside of the top flight, but Cardiff have an excellent record in January fixtures, taking 173 points over the last 26 years. Similarly, Bournemouth, Huddersfield (both 157) and Brighton (150) have all performed better in January in recent times than more typical Premier League sides like Everton (143), Newcastle (149) and even Tottenham (147).
Spurs are 10 points ahead of United in the Premier League table and won 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in August, but will traditional January form have a part to play in this one?
Cumulative January Points for Every Current Premier League Club Since 1992/93:
|Brighton & Hove Albion||150||120||123|
|West Ham United||122||119||161|
Points not necessarily obtained in the Premier League if clubs have played in lower divisions.