Manchester United are getting ready for another festive period and plenty of football in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, another Boxing Day will be followed all around world. Manchester United will take on Burnley after a 2-2 draw against Leicester on Saturday.
So, how did Man United fare on Boxing Day in recent years? Sky Sports calculated the Reds are the third best team in the history of Boxing Day matches, with almost 60 percent of their matches won. Also, they are the best by points won since the inception of the Premier League. Jose Mourinho probably will not care about that if Burnley remain unbeaten.
2016 – Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland
A pretty straightforward win against a side that ended up easily relegated. It was a comfortable win for the Reds in a season when scoring three goals was not happening as often as it does this season.
Daley Blind scored the opener, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan followed with two late goals to confirm the victory. Fabio Borini made sure his team got a consolation goal during the stoppage time.
2015 – Stoke 2-0 Manchester United
This was a match Manchester United fans certainly did not forget. Going to Stoke was still a tough match ahead back then, as this season Potters do not seem so formidable as they used. Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic scored two early goals in an early kick-off match.
2014 – Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle
Another home match on Boxing day and another good performance. Already three years have gone by since the day Wayne Rooney scored a brace in the first half, followed by a Robin van Persie strike. Papiss Cisse later on converted a penalty, but Louis van Gaal’s team won without much trouble.
2013 – Hull City 2-3 Manchester United
Well this one was a really fun one, wasn’t it? Manchester United managed to make a comeback under the leadership of David Moyes and win three points.
But it did not really look like that early on. Inside of the first quarter of an hour, Hull City were 2-0 up. Chester and Meyler scored to make Man United fans worry, but soon afterwards things changed. Chris Smalling pulled one back, before Rooney scored to equalize.
The clock was showing only 26 minutes have gone, but the score line was already 2-2. The fans at KC Stadium had a lot of fun, but in the end were not so happy. Chester, the scorer of the opener, sealed the win for Manchester United, scoring an own goal in the second half.
2012 – Manchester United 4-3 Newcastle
And then what should we say about this one? Sir Alex Ferguson had his final Premier League match end 5-5 against West Brom in May 2013, but his final Boxing Day as Man United manager was not much worse either.
The opening half hour saw three goals scored and two of them came through Jonny Evans. Perch opened the scoring for Newcastle, before Evans equalized 25 minutes in. However, just three minutes later, United defender scored an own goal to put Magpies back in the lead.
Patrice Evra made it 2-2, but Papiss Cisse scored again, before Van Persie came with the third equalizer of the match. To make things even more spectacular, Javier Hernandez came with a last-minute winner to finally complete a turnaround.