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Manchester United aims to make Premier League history in the final away game against Wolves.

Manchester United aims to make Premier League history in the final away game against Wolves.

Manchester United aims to make Premier League history in the final away game against Wolves.

Manchester United have the opportunity to make a record on the closing day of the Premier League season by becoming the third top-flight club in English football to go a whole season without losing away from home.

United’s bounced back from behind triumph against upsetting Aston Villa last Sunday in their 18th Premier League away match this season and they are yet to lose – they travel to Molineux to face Wolves on May 23.

Despite their outstanding record on the road, United have lost six times at Old Trafford – including this week’s defeats by Leicester and Liverpool – and have come up well short in the title race with rivals Manchester City.

However, United could still parallel famous clubs should they avoid defeat to Wolves, with only two other clubs having had unbeaten seasons on the road.

The first is the unbeaten Preston North End side of 1888-89 – the first English team to go a whole top-flight term unbeaten.

Though only 22 games were played throughout the season, that legendary Preston team won eight and drew three of their 11 away games.

Amazingly, it took another 113 years for an English top-flight club to avoid defeat on the road throughout a season.

The Arsenal side of 2001-02, who won the double with success in the Premier League and FA Cup, were the next team to accomplish the feat.

Their record away from home was pleasanter than the Invincibles side two years later.

In 01-02, Arsene Wenger’s Gunners won 14 of their 19 away games in the Premier League, drawing the remaining five.

Yet in 03-04, Arsenal drew more games at eight, winning 11 of their away games in that history-making season.

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The stark difference between these three teams and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this campaign is that those clubs won the title in their respective seasons, while the Red Devils have not.

That comes as a result of a poor record at home, which started with an opening-day loss against Crystal Palace.

They were also lowered 6-1 at home to Tottenham and have also lost to Arsenal and bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United at Old Trafford.
Most recently they were distinctly second best in a 4-2 hammering by fierce rivals Liverpool.

Yet on the road, United have been unbeatable, posting a record after 18 games of 11 wins and seven draws.

They have come close to defeat, with their record looking especially precarious when they went two goals down to Southampton in November.

But, like so often this season, United came rumbling back. They have also fallen behind to Brighton, Newcastle, Everton, West Ham, Sheffield United, Fulham, West Brom, Tottenham and Villa.

Unexpectedly, champions Manchester City have only lost once away, that coming against Tottenham back in November.
So, the title is gone but Solskjaer and his side could still enter the history books on the final day of the 2020-21 season.

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Manchester United aims to make Premier League history in the final away game against Wolves.

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