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Comparison: Solskjaer vs Ferguson after first 100 games

Football
 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer [REUTERS/Shaun Botterill]

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after Arsenal inflicted Manchester United's third home defeat of the season in his 100th game in charge on Sunday.

Speculation that Solskjaer could be replaced has begun to resurface, with Roy Keane pointing out over the weekend that his former team-mate's players could cost him his job.

But the United manager actually has a better record than legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson from his first century of games in the Old Trafford hotseat.

Following Sunday's 1-0 loss, Solskjaer has presided over 55 wins, 21 draws and 24 defeats from his opening 100 games - placing him third in the all-time list of United managers.

Ferguson had only managed 48 wins, 31 draws and 21 defeats by the time he brought up his ton.

Of course, the Scot went on to become living proof of the wisdom of keeping faith with a manager despite early setbacks.

Ferguson took charge in 1986, and was in danger of being sacked until he secured his first trophy as United boss after his side won the 1990 FA Cup final.

The rest, of course, is history, as he went on to lead the Red Devils to an astonishing trophy haul during his 27 years in charge, including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League triumphs.

 In this file photo taken on May 12, 2013 Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson holds the Premier League trophy at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England. Legendary former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage, his old club announced May 5, 2018. [AFP PHOTO / Andrew YATES]

Solskjaer is out to prove he has learned from his former mentor as he bids to lead United back to the big time, with the club having failed to win the title since Ferguson retired in 2012.

And while his side are floundering in 15th place in the Premier League, the Norwegian has led them to impressive Champions League wins over Paris-Saint Germain and RB Leipzig.

Solskjaer's 55% win rate from his century of games is still way behind that of Jose Mourinho, who won 62, drew 23 and lost 15 of his first 100 matches in charge.

Mourinho led United to a Europa League and EFL Cup double in his first season after taking the helm in 2016, but was sacked in 2018 and replaced by Solskjaer.

The United manager with the best record from his first 100 games is Ernest Mangnall, who oversaw 64 victories, along with 23 draws and 13 defeats.

Mangnall was United boss from 1903 to 1912, and led the Red Devils to their first two First Division titles, one FA Cup and two Charity Shield wins.

He took charge of Manchester City in 1912 and is the only man to have managed both clubs.

After Mangnall, Mourinho and Solskjaer, Sir Matt Busby has the next best record from his first 100 games, with 52 wins, 27 draws and 21 defeats.

Louis van Gaal is fifth, also with 52 wins, plus 25 draws and 23 losses.

Then comes Ron Atkinson (W 51, D 28, L 21), before Ferguson in seventh place.

 Manchester United caretaker head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first 100 games as Manchester United manager

2018-19 season (as interim manager)

Dec 22, 2018, Premier League: Cardiff 1-5 Man Utd

Dec 26, Premier League: Man Utd 3-1 Huddersfield

Dec 30, Premier League: Man Utd 4-1 Bournemouth

Jan 2, 2019, Premier League: Newcastle 0-2 Man Utd

Jan 5, FA Cup: Man Utd 2-0 Reading

Jan 13, Premier League: Tottenham 0-1 Man Utd

Jan 19, Premier League: Man Utd 2-1 Brighton

Jan 25, FA Cup:  Arsenal 1-3 Man Utd

Jan 29, Premier League: Man Utd 2-2 Burnley

Feb 3, Premier League: Leicester 0-1 Man Utd

Feb 9, Premier League: Fulham 0-3 Man Utd

Feb 12, Champions League: Man Utd 0-2 PSG

Feb 18, FA Cup: Chelsea 0-2 Man Utd

Feb 24, Premier League: Man Utd 0-0 Liverpool

Feb 27, Premier League: Crystal Palace 1-3 Man Utd

Mar 2, Premier League: Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

Mar 6, Champions League: PSG 1-3 Man Utd (agg 3-3, Man Utd won on away goals)

Mar 10, Premier League: Arsenal 2-0 Man Utd

Mar 16, FA Cup: Wolves 2-1 Man Utd

2018-19 season (as permanent manager)

Mar 30, Premier League: Man Utd 2-1 Watford

Apr 2, Premier League: Wolves 2-1 Man Utd 1

Apr 10, Champions League: Man Utd 0-1 Barcelona

Apr 13, Premier League: Man Utd 2-1 West Ham

Apr 16, Champions League: Barcelona 3-0 Man Utd

Apr 21, Premier League: Everton 4-0 Man Utd

Apr 24, Premier League: Man Utd 0-2 Man City

Apr 28, Premier League: Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea

May 5, Premier League: Huddersfield 1-1 Man Utd

May 12, Premier League: Man Utd 0-2 Cardiff City

2019-20 season

Aug 11, Premier League: Man Utd 4-0 Chelsea

Aug 19, Premier League: Wolves 1-1 Man Utd

Aug 24, Premier League: Man Utd 1-2 Crystal Palace

Aug 31, Premier League: Southampton 1-1 Man Utd

Sep 14, Premier League: Man Utd 1-0 Leicester

Sep 19, Europa League: Man Utd 1-0 Astana

Sep 22, Premier League: West Ham 2-0 Man Utd

Sep 25, EFL Cup: Man Utd 1-1 Rochdale (Man Utd won 5-3 on penalties)

Sep 30, Premier League: Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

Oct 3, Europa League: AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Man Utd

Oct 6, Premier League: Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd

Oct 20, Premier League: Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool

Oct 24: Partizan Belgrade 0-1 Man Utd

Oct 27, Premier League: Man Utd 3-1 Norwich

Oct 30, EFL Cup: Chelsea 1-2 Man Utd

Nov 2, Premier League: Bournemouth 1-0 Man Utd

Nov 7, Europa League: Man Utd 3-0 Partizan Belgrade

Nov 10, Premier League: Man Utd 3-1 Brighton

Nov 24, Premier League: Sheff Utd 3-3 Man Utd

Nov 28, Europa League: Astana 2-1 Man Utd

Dec 1, Premier League: Man Utd 2-2 Aston Villa

Dec 4, Premier League: Man Utd 2-1 Tottenham

Dec 7, Premier League: Man City 1-2 Man Utd

Dec 12, Europa League: Man Utd 4-0 AZ Alkmaar

Dec 15, Premier League: Man Utd 1-1 Everton

Dec 18, EFL Cup: Man Utd 3-0 Colchester Utd

Dec 22, Premier League: Watford 2-0 Man Utd

Dec 26, Premier League: Man Utd 4-1 Newcastle

Dec 28, Premier League: Burnley 0-2 Man Utd

Jan 1, 2020, Premier League: Arsenal 2-0 Man Utd

Jan 4, FA Cup: Wolves 0-0 Man Utd

Jan 7, EFL Cup semi-final: Man Utd 1-3 Man City 3

Jan 11, Premier League: Man Utd 4-0 Norwich

Jan 15, FA Cup: Man Utd 1-0 Wolves

Jan 19, Premier League: Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd

Jan 22, Premier League: Man Utd 0-2 Burnley

Jan 26, FA Cup: Tranmere 0-6 Man Utd

Jan 29, EFL Cup semi-final: Man City 0-1 Man Utd (agg 3-2)

Feb 1, Premier League: Man Utd 0-0 Wolves

Feb 17, Premier League: Chelsea 0-2 Man Utd

Feb 20, Europa League: Club Bruges 1-1 Man Utd

Feb 23, Premier League: Man Utd 3-0 Watford

Feb 27, Europa League: Man Utd 5-0 Club Bruges (agg 6-1)

Mar 1, Premier League: Everton 1-1 Man Utd

Mar 5, FA Cup: Derby County 0-3 Man Utd

Mar 8, Premier League: Man Utd 2-0 Man City

Mar 12, Europa League: LASK 0-5 Man Utd

Jun 19, Premier League: Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd

Jun 24, Premier League: Man Utd 3-0 Sheff Utd

Jun 27, FA Cup: Norwich 1-2 Man Utd

Jun 30, Premier League: Brighton 0-3 Man Utd

Jul 4, Premier League: Man Utd 5-2 Bournemouth

Jul 9, Premier League: Aston Villa 0-3 Man Utd

Jul 13, Premier League: Man Utd 2-2 Southampton

Jul 16, Premier League: Crystal Palace 0-2 Man Utd

Jul 19, FA Cup semi-final: Man Utd 1-3 Chelsea

Jul 22, Premier League: Man Utd 1-1 West Ham

Jul 26, Premier League: Leicester 0-2 Man Utd

Aug 5, Europa League: Man Utd 2-1 LASK (agg 7-1)

Aug 10, Europa League: Man Utd 1-0 Copenhagen

Aug 16, Europa League semi-final: Sevilla 2-1 Man Utd

2020-21 season

Sep 19, Premier League: Man Utd 1-3 Crystal Palace

Sep 22, EFL Cup: Luton 0-3 Man Utd

Sep 26, Premier League: Brighton 2-3 Man Utd

Sep 30, EFL Cup: Brighton 0-3 Man Utd

Oct 4, Premier League: Man Utd 1-6 Tottenham

Oct 17, Premier League: Newcastle 1-4 Man Utd

Oct 20, Champions League: PSG 1-2 Man Utd

Oct 24, Premier League: Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea

Oct 28, Champions League: Man Utd 5-0 RB Leipzig

Nov 1, Premier League: Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

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