Manchester United continued their perfect record away from home this season in midweek, winning for a sixth successive time in the Premier League on the road at Sheffield United.
It’s a record that has raised hopes the club can push towards the top of the division this season, and has remarkably come despite falling behind in every single one of those victories during the current campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s threat on the counter-attack has seemingly made them tailor-made for securing results away from Old Trafford, their midweek win extending their winning away run to a club-record 10 games.
Following the Red Devils’ latest success we’ve looked at English football’s longest winning runs away from home, here are four teams with the most successive top-flight away wins:
Tottenham – 10 victories (April-October 1960)
Tottenham registered a 10-game winning run away from home during a golden period for the north London side in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Spurs finishing in the division’s top three six times in just seven seasons.
Their run of away victories came across two different seasons, finishing the 1959/60 campaign strongly with back-to-back victories at both Chelsea and Wolves as Bill Nicholson’s side finished third with just two points separating the club from champions Burnley.
Spurs regrouped the following season to win their first eight away games of the campaign as part of a run of 15 wins from their opening 16 fixtures, a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough ending the streak.
The defeat mattered little to the Spurs, however, as they claimed just a second league title at the end of the 1960/61 season, also beating Leicester in the FA Cup final to become the third team in English football history to win the domestic double.
Manchester United – 10 victories* (June-December 2020)
Only two sides in history have ever bettered Manchester United‘s current run of away wins, with the all-time record now firmly in the sights of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
United’s run began with a 3-0 victory at Brighton in June following the Premier League‘s restart, before victories at Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Leicester – the latter coming on the final day of the season and seeing the Red Devils leapfrog the Foxes to secure Champions League football.
Despite an indifferent start to the new season their away form has been flawless in the opening weeks of the 2020/21 campaign, winning each of their first six fixtures on the road following Thursday night’s 3-2 win at Sheffield United.
Incredibly, Solskjaer’s side have trailed in each of those six contests before coming back to win, securing victories at Brighton, Newcastle, Everton, Southampton and West Ham before beating the winless Blades in midweek.
United will hope to continue their winning run when they face Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day.
Chelsea – 11 victories (April-December 2008)
Chelsea racked up 11 consecutive victories away from home between April and December 2008, their run beginning under the guidance of Avram Grant who was named as manager following the mid-season departure of Jose Mourinho.
The Israeli steadied the ship at Stamford Bridge and led Chelsea to a 21-game unbeaten run to finish the campaign, the west London side ending the season as runners-up in the Premier League, League Cup and Champions League.
Grant’s side won their final three away fixtures of the season at Manchester City, Everton and Newcastle respectively, though he was sacked and replaced by Luiz Felipe Scolari at the end of the season.
Scolari enjoyed a promising start to his reign and won his first eight away fixtures as a Premier League manager, setting a new record of 11 consecutive top-flight victories on the road.
The bubble soon burst for the Brazilian, however, who was sacked by trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich in February following a difficult festive period.
Manchester City – 11 victories (May-December 2017)
Pep Guardiola’s first season in the Premier League proved one of lessons learned as Manchester City finished third in the division, though there were promising signs from the Spaniard’s side as they finished the season with a four-game winning run including a 5-0 victory at Watford on the final day.
That humiliation of the Hornets at Vicarage Road was the first in a joint-record of 11 successive wins on the road, with the 2017/18 season seeing Guardiola’s City break all forms of divisional records.
City won 21 of their opening 22 fixtures with a draw at home to Everton the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record, racking up 10 away wins in that time including victories at Chelsea and Manchester United.
Guardiola’s side saw their run ended following a thrilling 4-3 defeat at Liverpool in January, one of just two league defeats in a campaign that saw City become the first team in history to reach a century of Premier League points – winning the title by a record 19-point margin.