Manchester United have made history thanks to Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield. How? By ensuring that they will complete a full year unbeaten away from home in the Premier League.
The Reds’ next trip, to Fulham, comes this Wednesday, 20 January, which is 366 days since United suffered their last setback in the league exactly on 19 January last year, when they lost 2-0 to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man of the Match Luke Shaw both admitted that there was an element of disappointment after the stalemate, given two glorious second-half chances for Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, respectively – both of which were saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.
But, in a broader sense, the result shows just what fantastic progress the Reds have made under the Norwegian during the last 12 months.
The draw at Anfield now means United are now without defeat in their last 16 on the road in the Premier League – a run of 12 wins and four draws.
No team has taken more points than United’s 23 away from home this term, and those efforts have been the main driver behind our rise to the summit of the league. It’s the first time United have led the table this deep in a season since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in 2012/13.
Ole accepted there was an element of frustration given the opportunity that presented itself on Merseyside, but was objective and positive when quizzed on what was behind our stunning long-term away form.
“Well, it takes good players, that’s the first thing, of course, and the players have deserved the results,” he explained. “And the mood is getting better. The belief is there. We’re coming away from here with one point and the players are disappointed. It’s a good feeling. There’s a hunger in this team.”
United have a chance to strengthen their position at the top on Wednesday, when they travel south to Craven Cottage to take on Scott Parker’s much-improved Fulham side.
And while the goalless draw at Anfield might irritate the staff and players for the next 24 hours or so, Ole accepted that it might morph into a very decent point if results continue to go as expected in the forthcoming weeks.
“This might be a good point if we win on Wednesday,” said Ole. “We go away again.”