The special one Jose Mourhino is not special against the top six on the road.
Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge was the seventh time Mourinho’s United have played away to either Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham or Liverpool.
In those seven games, United have scored only once and claimed just three points.
October 17, 2016 — Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd
Mourinho’s first trip to a major rival as United boss came after his side had already lost to City at home.
United were ultra-cautious at Anfield and ground out a goalless draw with just 35 per cent of possession.
October 23, 2016 — Chelsea 4-0 Man Utd
Six days later, Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge 10 months after being sacked by Chelsea. His plans were ruined by a goal from Pedro inside the first 30 seconds of what turned out to be a thrashing.
United actually had the lion’s share of possession in this game but were toothless with the ball and completely blown away without it as Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante all scored.
April 27, 2017 — Man City 0-0 Man Utd
Following their humiliation at Chelsea, United went on a massive unbeaten run in the Premier League. A 0-0 draw with their local rivals saw the Red Devils extend said streak to 24 games.
It wasn’t easy for United though. City were responsible for 19 of this game’s 22 shots and Mourinho’s team ended the match with 10 men after Marouane Fellaini was sent off for headbutting Sergio Aguero.
May 7, 2017 — Arsenal 2-0 Man Utd
United’s 25-game unbeaten League run came to an abrupt end as they lost at the Emirates Stadium, where they had won on four of their previous eight visits.
Mourinho made eight chances as he focused on his side’s Europa League bid and his under-strength team were undone by goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck.
May 14, 2017 — Tottenham 2-1 Man Utd
United came up against a Spurs side motivated by a historic occasion — the final match at White Hart Lane.
The home team were roared on by an emotional crowd and United never looked like getting a result after Victor Wanyama headed home a sixth-minute opener.
October 14, 2017 — Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd
For the second consecutive season, United came away from Anfield with a point having registered just one shot on target.
Ultimately, Mourinho got what he wanted, but he was criticised for showing a lack of ambition against a Liverpool team who had lost 5-0 to Man City a month earlier.
November 5, 2017 — Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd
United were much more attack-minded on Sunday, although they were deservedly beaten based on the run of play.
Chelsea fired in eight shots on target, while United could only muster two during a fairly open contest.