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Manchester United - the worst runs in their history

Manchester United - the worst runs in their history
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The 4-0 loss at Everton on Saturday was United's sixth defeat in eight matches.

Manchester United go into Wednesday's derby with Manchester City on a run of six defeats in eight games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as the club's permanent manager on March 28, having won 14 of his first 17 games in charge before back-to-back losses against Arsenal and Wolves.

But that downturn has continued and here, Press Association Sport looks at how it stacks up against the worst sequences of form in United's history.

* The last time the club suffered as many defeats in a shorter run of games was in April and May of 1989. On that occasion they lost to Derby, Charlton and Coventry, beat Wimbledon but were then beaten by Southampton, QPR and Everton to make it six losses out of seven.

* The Red Devils have lost five successive away games, their worst run since losing six in a row on their travels from January to March 1981 against Nottingham Forest, Sunderland, Coventry, Leicester, Manchester City and Southampton. Their only remaining away game this season is at Huddersfield on May 5.

* The last time the club lost seven games out of nine was in September and October 1962. They lost away to Bolton and Leyton Orient before beating Wanderers at Old Trafford. Further defeats against City, Burnley, Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn and Tottenham were interrupted only by a draw at Blackpool.

* United have gone 11 games without a clean sheet for the first time since 1998, when Solskjaer was playing for the club.

* United have conceded 48 league goals this season, their worst defensive record in a Premier League season. Their previous worst was 45 goals against in both 1999-2000 and 2001-02.

* Should Solskjaer's side lose to both City and Chelsea it would be the first time United have lost four games in a row in all competitions since December 2015, against Wolfsburg, Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke.

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2Liverpool38307189226797
3Chelsea38219863392472
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs382321367392871
5Arsenal382171073512270
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd381991065541166
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38169134746157
8Everton38159145446854
9Leicester CityLeicester38157165148352
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12Crystal Palace38147175153-249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174248-645
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15Burnley38117204568-2340
16Southampton38912174565-2039
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3899203560-2536
RCardiff CityCardiff38104243469-3534
RFulham3875263481-4726
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3837282276-5416

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