Manchester United's unbeaten run least productive long streak in Premier League history
By Peter Smith
Last Updated: 05/04/17 2:05pm
Manchester United have gone 20 games without defeat - but their 10 draws during that streak means it is the least productive long unbeaten run in Premier League history.
There have been 15 other occasions when a Premier League team has gone unbeaten for 20 games or more, and in each instance they have recorded a better win rate than United's 50 per cent return.
The previous worst win percentage during a long unbeaten streak was when Chelsea took 11 wins and 10 draws from their games between August 1998 and January 1999, earning a 52.4 per cent win percentage.
In contrast, United's 21-game undefeated spell between December 2002 and August 2003 yielded 18 wins and just three draws - a win percentage of 85.7 per cent.
United boss Jose Mourinho did oversee Chelsea's prolific October 2004 to October 2005 spell, when they won 33 of 40 games and recorded a win percentage of 82.5 per cent.
Arsenal hold the title for the longest run without suffering a loss in the Premier League, putting together a 49-game streak between May 2003 and October 2004 in which they won 36 (73.5 per cent) of their fixtures.
Premier League unbeaten runs (20 games or more)
|Team||Run dates||Games unbeaten||Won||Drew||Points||Points per game||Win %|
|Man Utd||Dec 02-Aug 03||21||18||3||57||2.71||85.7%|
|Arsenal||Dec 01-Oct 02||30||25||5||80||2.67||83.3%|
|Chelsea||Oct 04-Oct 05||40||33||7||106||2.65||82.5%|
|Man Utd||Feb 00-Sep 00||21||16||5||53||2.52||76.2%|
|Man Utd||Nov 04-Apr 05||20||15||5||50||2.5||75%|
|Arsenal||May 03-Oct 04||49||36||13||121||2.47||73.5%|
|Chelsea||Dec 07-Oct 08||29||21||8||71||2.45||72.4%|
|Man City||Apr 12-Dec 12||21||15||6||51||2.43||71.4%|
|Man Utd||Dec 98-Sep 99||29||20||9||69||2.38||69%|
|Man Utd||Sep 93-Feb 94||22||15||7||52||2.36||68.2%|
|Man Utd||Apr 10-Feb 11||29||19||10||67||2.31||65.5%|
|Arsenal||Apr 07-Dec 07||22||14||8||50||2.27||63.6%|
|Nottm Forest||Feb 95-Nov 95||25||15||10||55||2.2||60%|
|Chelsea||Aug 98-Jan 99||21||11||10||43||2.05||52.4%|
|Man Utd||Oct 16-present||20||10||10||40||2||50%>|