Manchester United have history in their sights as they head to Molineux on Sunday for a clash with Wolves.
Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team avoid defeat, they would establish a new 28-game record for the longest unbeaten away run by an English top-flight team.
Saturday’s fixture programme is bookended by two humdingers as Manchester City face Arsenal and Liverpool tackle Chelsea at Anfield, while Tottenham host Watford on Sunday.
Try our Opta-powered quiz for size before the action gets under way.
-0.7 – Since Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge on Boxing Day in 2019, Arsenal’s Premier League opponents now have a higher expected goals return (78.9) than Arsenal do themselves (78.2). Negative. pic.twitter.com/nQX60Gh4Mi
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1. Solskjaer takes charge of his 100th Premier League game as Manchester United manager. Of the eight United bosses who have previously reached the milestone in the English top flight, only one has won more matches than the Norwegian. Who was the man who earned 54 wins from his first 100 games with the Red Devils?
2. United’s teenage forward Mason Greenwood will be looking to score in a third consecutive game at the start of the Premier League season. Only one teenager has previously scored in a team’s opening three games of a Premier League campaign, in the 1994-95 season. Who was that precocious and prolific player?
3. Arsenal have lost each of their last eight Premier League meetings with Manchester City, their joint-longest run of consecutive defeats against a specific opponent in their league history. Against which other team did they lose eight in a row, from 1973 to 1976?
4. Newcastle, who face Southampton at St James’ Park on Saturday, will be attempting to avoid losing a third successive league game at the outset of their campaign. They last lost three in a row at the beginning of a season in 1999-2000. Who was their manager at the time?
5. Liverpool and Chelsea head into their highly anticipated clash with both teams on six points from two games. Chelsea have recorded seven previous Premier League wins at Anfield, with only one visiting team managing more. Can you name that team who have outstripped the Blues’ achievement?
1. Ernest Mangnall
2. Robbie Fowler
3. Leeds United
4. Ruud Gullit
5. Manchester United (12 wins)
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