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Manchester United to Arsenal: Top Five Unbeaten Away Runs in Premier League History

Manchester United’s 23 unbeaten streak away from home has the Red Devils on the cusp of history as Ole-Gunnar Solskjær’s men set their sights on Premier League title. 

While many teams have been able to defend their home grounds as their fortress, few teams have been able to successfully dominate the teams away from home. The few that did were able to dominate the top-flight of English football and claim title glory. 

Here, we take a look at top five clubs who have been able to breach opponents’ fortresses over the years and created the longest unbeaten away runs.

#5: Chelsea – 20 games

Chelsea’s best ever away run lasted just over a year, but it didn’t come during one of their Premier League title seasons. They went unbeaten away from Stamford Bridge for 20 games from 23rd December 2007 to 28th December 2008 when they lost 3-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in January.

Notably, the streak coincides with the Blues’ record 86-game unbeaten home run at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea also managed a 19-game unbeaten streak between 30th October 2004 and 23rd October 2005 at the start of their unbeaten home run, marking the entrance of a third contestant to a league dominated by Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles and Alex Ferguson’s Golden Generation.

#4: Liverpool: 21 games

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool went unbeaten in a record 21 games between the 1-0 win at Brighton in January 2019 and an astonishing loss to Watford on 29th February 2020. 

The loss to Manchester City prior to the start of the streak delayed Liverpool’s chances of claiming their maiden Premier League title in 2019, but the Reds came back with a vengeance to produce mesmerising football both at home and away to clinch the trophy last year

The club-record unbeaten away run coincided with a 68-game unbeaten home run, which made Anfield a fortress for the Reds. 

Combining their home and away records, the club registered a 44-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, which was just five games less than Arsenal’s record run of 49 games in the Invincibles era.

#3: Manchester United: 23 games

Manchester United extended their unbeaten Premier League streak to 23 games with their victory over Tottenham on 11th April. Ole-Gunnar Solskjær’s men have a chance to make history this season as they can become only the second team after Arsenal to remain unbeaten away from home in a season. 

To achieve that feat, the Red Devils have to navigate through their next three away fixtures, including against an in-form Leeds United at Elland Road.

Manchester United’s away streak this season has been fascinating to watch, especially as it involved the Red Devils coming from behind to win the fixtures eight different times. The run also included a club-record eight consecutive away wins. 

Solskjær’s men still have a shot at clinching the Premier League and all sights at Old Trafford will be on winning every fixture, home or away. 

#1: Arsenal: 27 games

Arsenal claim the top two spots in the list of longest unbeaten away from home streaks in the Premier League, both of which occurred when Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles fought toe-to-toe with Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in the top-flight of English football.

Arsenal’s 23-game run started with a 4-0 win at Middlesborough and it ended with a humble 2-1 loss to Everton between August 2001 and September 2002. 

The streak paved way for the generation of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles, who beat their own record to register a 27-match unbeaten streak in the 2003-04 season. Arsene Wenger’s men remained unbeaten in all of their 38 league games in the 2003-04 season with 11 wins and eight draws in their 19 away games. 

Arsenal remain the only team not to lose away from home in a Premier League season, a record which Manchester United will be eager to break. The run started with a 1-1 draw at Villa Park in April 2003 and it came to an end with a controversial 2-0 loss in September 2004 at Old Trafford, a defeat that brought to a close the domination of the Invincibles.

 

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