José Mourinho’s all-time record vs the top 6

Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday in a crucial Premier League clash for both sides.

The Red Devils currently sit in second in the table, only three points above the defending champions, who themselves are only one point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.

Finishing in the top four means UEFA Champions League football which is a big deal in terms of prestige and attracting new world class stars over the summer.

José Mourinho has faced some criticism from both the media and fans this season for the style of football his United side are playing.  The Portuguese coach has come under a lot of stick this past week following his side’s ultra-defensive performance in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League second round tie.

The United boss has won it previously – the first occasion with FC Porto in 2004, which landed him the Chelsea job that summer.  He would later win it in his second season at Internazionale in 2010.

However, Mourinho has failed to win the trophy in two spells at Chelsea, as well as in three seasons at Real Madrid.  And since winning the trophy for the first time back in 2004 a number of top managers have since started their careers.

Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp, Antonio Conte and Unai Emery weren’t managers back in 2004, whilst Massimiliano Allegri had just completed his first season as a manager.

How did José Mourinho compare versus the top six years ago compared to today?  The table below reveals all:

His first jobs at Benfica and UD Leiria didn’t last a full season and with both teams not being title contenders that season.  Mourinho turned his form and career around at FC Porto after joining in January 2002 – winning the title in each of his first two seasons in charge, and the Champions League in the latter.

At FC Porto José Mourinho won all 12 of his league matches at the Estádio do Dragão against the top six and 70% of his matches against the same opponents.

OK, so the Primeira Liga is not very competitive and that Porto team is one of the best in Portuguese history – fair enough.  Move on to Chelsea.  In his first three-and-a-bit-year spell in England, Mourinho won 67% of his home matches versus fellow top six opponents, making the West London club Premier League champions for the first time.

In fact, during his second spell at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho won 75% of his home matches.  In between that he had home win records of 60% and 79% at Internazionale (2 seasons) and Real Madrid (3 seasons) respectively.

Now on to José Mourinho’s current job at Manchester United.  If we take the current Premier League standings to include his results versus the current top six, then the United boss has won just 43% – much lower than any of the other big clubs he has taken charge of.


Away from home has been a bit hit and miss for the successful manager.  He never won a game at any of the top six during his short spells in charge at Benfica and UD Leiria, whilst he posted a 36% win record on the road at FC Porto.

That win percentage increased during his time at Chelsea -50% during his first spell, before dropping down to 30% during his two years at Internazionale.  His best record on the road came with Real Madrid where he won 63% of his trips to the La Liga’s top six over a three-year period which included a 100-point season in the middle.

Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea was less than spectacular as the Blues won just 23% of their away games.  However, it’s getting even worse at United.  Their 3-1 win at Arsenal earlier their campaign is the only top six team he has beaten in the Premier League away from Old Trafford.

Is Mourinho on the decline?

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 27 ft. Newcastle & Sergio Agüero

1 – Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy became the first player to score against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the same Premier League season.

1 – Olivier Giroud became the first player in Premier League history to start a game for both Arsenal and Chelsea in the same season.

3 – Stoke City have missed their last three penalties in the Premier League, each taken by a different player (Charlie Adam, Saido Berahino and Marko Arnautović).

3 – Sergio Agüero has scored four or more goals in a single Premier League match on three occasions now – more than any other player in the history of the competition.

4 – Chelsea have won all four Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion to nil under Antonio Conte.

4 – Sergio Agüero is the fourth player to score 20+ goals in four consecutive Premier League campaigns (after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry (five) and Harry Kane).

5 – Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojević has converted more penalties than any other player so far this season.

7 – José Mourinho is winless in all seven of his visits to St James’ Park as a manager (D3, L4).

7 – Harry Kane has scored seven goals in his seven Premier League North London derbies – only Emmanuel Adebayor has netted more (8).

9 – Manchester United have only won one of the nine Premier League matches after conceding the opening goal this season (D3, L5).

9 – Newcastle United enjoyed their first win at St James’ Park in nine Premier League games (D3, L5).

9 – Petr Čech has now gone nine Premier League games without a clean sheet – his longest ever run in the competition as he is stuck on 199 in his English top flight career.

10 – Burnley have now gone 10 games without a win (D5, L5).

23 – Manchester City have matched their total number of wins from the whole of last season in the first 27 games of this campaign.

34 – Liverpool have scored more goals in away games than any other team this season.

34 – Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi has had the most shots in the Premier League this season among players who have yet to score.

44 – All 44 of Javier Hernández’s Premier League goals have been scored inside the penalty area.

71% – Jonjo Shelvey has won five of his last seven matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D0, L2).

79 – Manchester City have scored 79 goals in their 27 Premier League matches this season – only 1 less than they scored throughout the whole of last season.

100% – Swansea City have won all three of their Premier League home games against Burnley – the only team they have a 100% win record against having played them more than once at the Liberty Stadium.

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 26 ft. Arsenal & Richarlison

1 – Manchester City failed to win after scoring first for the first time this season.

3 – All three of Troy Deeney’s Premier League goals this season have been penalties.

3 – Three players have received red cards for fouls on Watford’s Richarlison this season – Davinson Sánchez, Jonathan Hogg and Tiémoué Bakayoko.

7 – Chelsea have received seven red cards this season – two more than any other side.

7 – Bournemouth have gone unbeaten for a club record seven Premier League games (W4, D3).

7 – Huddersfield Town fouled Alexis Sánchez on seven occasions on Saturday – no player has won more free kicks in a single Premier League so far this season.

8 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the eighth player to score on his Premier League debut for Arsenal (after Steve Bould, Kevin Campbell, Freddie Ljungberg, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Thomas Vermaelen and Alexandre Lacazette).

9 – Burnley are now winless in their last nine Premier League games (D5, L4).

15 – Manchester United’s David de Gea has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than any other goalkeeper this season.

20 – Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday means the Red Devils have won their first game at Old Trafford against the last 20 Premier League debutants they have faced, since losing 3-2 to Derby County in April 1997.

20 – Aaron Ramsey became the 20th different player to score a Premier League hat-trick for Arsenal.

43 – Javier Hernández scored his 43rd Premier League goal on Saturday – all have been scored from within the penalty area.

52% – Pascal Groß has been involved in 11 of Brighton & Hove Albion’s 21 goals this season (5 goals, 6 assists).

77% – Huddersfield Town have failed to score in 10 of their 13 away games.

100 – Harry Kane has scored 100 goals in 141 Premier League appearances – only Alan Shearer has reached this milestone in fewer games (124).

105 – Arsenal’s 105 goals against Everton is a record for one team against another in Premier League history.

151 – Arsenal-Everton is the highest-scoring fixture in Premier League history.

155 – Swansea City’s Ki Sung-yueng has now made more Premier League appearances than any other South Korean.

500 – Sam Allardyce became the fifth manager to take charge of 500 Premier League games, after Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger, Harry Redknapp and David Moyes.

770 – Gerard Deulofeu scored his first Premier League goal in 770 days during Watford’s 4-1 thrashing of Chelsea on Monday night.

The 8 dirtiest incidents in Premier League history

The Premier League may be considered the most glamourous and exciting division in football, if not sport, but it’s had its dark moments as well.

This article has a look at the dirty side of the beautiful game. From on the field violence, to off the field videos promoting it, we take a look at eight Premier League moments that the FA may wish had never occurred:

Martin Taylor
On 23 February 2008 Birmingham City were hosting Arsenal in a Premier League tie at St Andrew’s. As early as the third minute Blues centre-back Martin Taylor completely missed the ball when aiming a stomp towards Arsenal forward Eduardo Silva, instead making contact with the player’s leg.

Taylor stomped on Eduardo’s ankle at such force that the Croatian international suffered a compound fracture to his left fibula and an open dislocation of his ankle. The centre-back was sent off immediately. Despite FIFA’s disciplinary panel reviewing the incident, Martin Taylor escaped with the standard three-match ban.

Birmingham City lived up to their Premier League odds and were relegated that same season. Taylor himself would only play one more Premier League match for the rest of his career, spending most of his time in the Championship.

David Prutton
In 2005 David Prutton became the first player to be handed a 10-match ban in Premier League history.

The Southampton midfielder received a £6,000 fine on top of his suspension for shoving referee Alan Wiley after being dismissed for a studs-up foul on Arsenal’s Robert Pires.

Prutton laid hands on referee Wiley on more than one occasion when trying to reach his assistant, Paul Norman. He returned for the Saints’ final game of the season, versus Manchester United, as the club were relegated which proved to be the former-Nottingham Forest youngster’s final Premier League game.

Eric Cantona
Manchester United’s majestic forward Eric Cantona spent the best part of the 1994-95 season suspended after his kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace supporter at Selhurst Park.

The controversial French player took offence to an insult from the Crystal Palace crowd after being dismissed for an off-the-ball foul on Richard Shaw. Cantona duly launched a kick at the fan before being led away by security.

Cantona was handed an eight-month suspension and Blackburn Rovers would go on to win the Premier League title.

Remarkably, in his six years in English football, this would be the only season he didn’t win the top flight.

Joey Barton
Joey Barton would make most fans’ list of the dirtiest players in Premier League history and he makes ours for his contribution in the Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers game on the final day of the 2011-12 season.

The former-Manchester City youth, perhaps not wanting to prevent his former side from winning the Premier League title, elbowed and kicked City striker Sergio Aguero to receive a red card 10 minutes into the second half.

Barton received a 12-match ban for his behaviour and spent the following season on loan in France at Marseille.

Ben Thatcher
At the start of the 2006-07 Premier League season, Manchester City’s Ben Thatcher viciously led with his elbow towards Portsmouth’s Pedro Mendes as the ball was going out for a throw-in.

Thatcher showed no remorse as he walked away from the incident, whilst Mendes required an oxygen mask and suffered a seizure on his way to hospital.

Referee Dermot Gallagher only showed Ben Thatcher a yellow card at the time but the FA would later hand him an eight-match ban with a further 15 games suspended for the next two years. Manchester City docked him six weeks’ wages.

El Hadji Diouf
One of the dirtiest players in football history, El Hadji Diouf has a long line of unexplainable incidents. One that sticks out was when the former-Senegalese international spat at Portsmouth defender Arjan de Zeeuw in 2004 whilst playing for Bolton Wanderers.

Diouf had history, having spat at Celtic fans in a UEFA Cup match whilst playing for Liverpool. Amazingly, for spitting at an opposition player, the FA only handed the forward a standard three-match ban.

Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez was a fantastic footballer for Liverpool but his actions made him one of the most popular outside of Liverpool. First, there was the racism incident with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, and then came the biting.

In April 2013, during a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in a Premier League game at Anfield, the Uruguayan bit Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic in an off-the-ball incident that was missed by the officials. Suarez would go on to score a stoppage time equaliser for the hosts.

The bite even prompted UK Prime Minister David Cameron to demands that the FA take a hard line with the footballer. In the end the FA charged him with violent conduct and served a 10-match ban.

Following a bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup, Suárez was sold to Barcelona and that subsequently wrote Liverpool out of everyone’s Premier League predictions for the title that season.

Vinnie Jones
Considered by many as the hardest man to play in the Premier League, Wimbledon’s Vinnie Jones served a six-month ban in 1992 for his voice-over on a VHS celebrating dangerous tackles.

The club’s chairman at the time, Sam Hammam branded the midfielder a ‘mosquito brain’ for participating in the video.

Soccer’s Hard Men as was the title of the release provided ‘advice’ for budding ‘hard men’.

Aaron Ramsey scores record hat-trick for Arsenal

Arsenal returned to winning ways on Saturday with the 5-1 demolition of Everton at the Emirates on Saturday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in his first Premier League game following his deadline day move from Borussia Dortmund, whilst fellow Arsenal debutant Henrikh Mkhitaryan recorded a hat-trick of assists.

However, it was centre midfielder Aaron Ramsey who stole the headlines by scoring a hat-trick versus the Merseyside club.

The Welsh midfielder opened the scoring after only six minutes tapping in from close range from Mkhitaryan’s cutback after Eliaquim Mangala was all over the place on his debut in the Everton defence.

Ramsey added a second on 16 minutes and completed the score 16 minutes from time.  In the process the 27-year-old became the 20th player to score a Premier League hat-trick for Arsenal – more than any other club in the competition’s history.

The full list is as follows:

# Player Opposition Date
1 Kevin Campbell Ipswich Town 11 September 1993
2 Ian Wright Ipswich Town 05 March 1994
3 Dennis Bergkamp Leicester City 27 August 1997
4 Nicolas Anelka Leicester City 20 February 1999
5 Kanu Chelsea 23 October 1999
6 Marc Overmars Middlesbrough 21 November 1999
7 Ray Parlour Newcastle United 10 December 2000
8 Thierry Henry Leicester City 26 December 2000
9 Sylvain Wiltord West Ham United 03 March 2001
10 Jermaine Pennant Southampton 07 May 2003
11 Robert Pirès Southampton 07 May 2003
12 Freddie Ljungberg Sunderland 11 May 2003
13 Emmanuel Adebayor Derby County 28 April 2008
14 Andrei Arshavin Liverpool 21 April 2009
15 Theo Walcott Blackpool 21 August 2010
16 Robin van Persie Wigan Athletic 22 January 2011
17 Santi Cazorla Reading 17 December 2012
18 Alexis Sánchez Leicester City 26 September 2015
19 Olivier Giroud Aston Villa 15 May 2016
20 Aaron Ramsey Everton 03 February 2018