Another Unwanted Record Could Be Looming For Manchester United Against Chelsea
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in an unusual position.
The Norwegian manager heads into a match on the back of a defeat for the first time since the hazy days of August.
Earlier this week he suffered the first loss of his Manchester United interim spell after PSG came out on top at Old Trafford - his first reverse as a gaffer since Molde slipped to a 3-2 reverse against Ranheim back on 26th August.
How did Solskjaer respond?
Pretty impressively to be fair. He would go on to lead Molde on an 11 game unbeaten run, including nine wins, through to the of the season as they recorded a 2nd placed finish behind champions Rosenborg.
Solskjaer then went 11 games undefeated at United, meaning in total he enjoyed a lengthy 22 match unbeaten run, well that’s until PSG rocked into town on Tuesday.
Man Utd haven’t lost consecutive matches since the end of the Jose Mourinho era when they were sunk by Valencia, then rivals Liverpool. It’s something the Red Devils will be looking to avoid on Monday when Solskjaer takes his troops down to the capital for their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Chelsea.
Should United suffer successive losses, it would not only result in the club crashing out of the competition, but rivals Chelsea would become the first ever club to eliminate United in five consecutive FA Cup meetings.
It could also keep Maurizio Sarri in a job.
The Blues have got the better of United in the last four encounters. The run started with a 1-0 win in a 2006/07 FA Cup final success in the first FA Cup Final at Wembley. They carded a 1-0 victory in a 2013 semi-final reply that followed a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, then replicated this scoreline in the 2016/17 quarter-final. Last season Antonio Conte lifted the trophy following a, yep you've guessed it, 1-0 triumph in the showpiece spectacle.
So, if you’ve got a couple of quid spare a 1-0 Chelsea win next week seems the logical bet at 7/1.