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Man United have lowest home win rate since they were relegated in 1974

Date Posted,April 4, 2017

Manchester United’s home win rate is now at its lowest point since they were relegated in the 1973/74 season.

Jose Mourinho’s side have won just six of their 16 home matches in the Premier League last season, giving them a win percentage of 37.5 per cent at Old Trafford.

United did at least salvage a point at home to Everton on Tuesday night thanks to a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty. The result maintains their 20-game unbeaten run, which stretches back to October.

But even that run is not as impressive as it sounds. United have only won half of those 20 games, making it the least productive 20-match unbeaten run in Premier League history.

Mourinho broke the world transfer record to bring Paul Pogba to Manchester last summer while also adding Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to his ranks.

Even with these additions, United are struggling to find the back of the net at home. Their 17 home matches have brought just 21 goals—the lowest of any team in the top 10—and Mourinho finally lost patience with his forwards last weekend.

Man United’s Premier League home form 2016/17

16

Played

6

Won

9

Drawn

1

Lost

+10

Goal difference

37.5%

Win percentage

Speaking after the draw with West Brom, he said: “I don’t criticise the other team. The other team came here to get a point, they came to defend and try win some times. They did that. I have nothing to say in relation to that.

“What I can say is we tried. We had six players absolutely phenomenal in their attitude, mentality and consistency. Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Young, Carrick and Fellaini.

“And then we have four creative players that we need to score a goal and they didn’t. They had flashes, moments, they didn’t have consistency and we dropped two points for that.”

The last time United’s home win percentage was this low was under Tommy Docherty, when they finished second bottom of the First Division 43 years ago.

Over the course of his United reign, however, Docherty’s home win record is still better than Mourinho’s.

Unsurprisingly, Sir Alex Ferguson’s home record surpasses all others at the club. The 75-year-old, who won 13 league titles during his time at United, finished his Old Trafford career having won 370 of his 517 (72 per cent) home league matches.

Louis van Gaal won 26 of his 38 (68 per cent) while David Moyes’s home record reads seven wins from 16 matches (44 per cent).

Worryingly for United, Mourinho’s current home form matches that from Chelsea last season, when he won 37.5 per cent of league matches at Stamford Bridge before being sacked.

Manchester United’s overall Premier League win percentage

Manchester United’s home league results in 2016/17:

August

Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

September

Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City

Manchester United 4-1 Leicester City

October

Manchester United 1-1 Stoke City

Manchester United 0-0 Burnley

Olivier Giroud scores a late equaliser for Arsenal at Old Trafford (Photo: Getty)

November

Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal

Manchester United 1-1 West Ham

December

Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham

Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland

Manchester United 2-1 Middlesbrough

January

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

Marco Silva and Jose Mourinho after the 0-0 draw between Hull and United (Photo: John Peters)

February

Manchester United 0-0 Hull City

Manchester United 2-0 Watford

March

Manchester United 1-1 Bournemouth

April

Manchester United 0-0 West Brom

Manchester United 1-1 Everton

*Correct as of 05/04/2017.

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