When Manchester United first hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager, it was only on an interim basis. But, after excelling while in temporary charge, the Norwegian was given the job full time. And Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Arsenal will be his 100th match in charge of the club – so Express Sport will now take a look at his record and how it compares to the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal’s first century of matches at the helm.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 99 games – 55 wins, 21 draws, 23 defeats (56 per cent)
Solskjaer’s first match in charge of United was a 5-0 win over Cardiff.
And that was the same scoreline the Red Devils beat LB Leipzig by in midweek, with a Marcus Rashford hat-trick lighting up Old Trafford.
There have been big wins for Solskjaer throughout his time at the club, with the 47-year-old steering his side to victories over the likes of PSG (twice), Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and more.
There have also been agonising defeats, however, with Spurs inflicting a 6-1 defeat at the start of October and his side losing 4-0 to Everton in 2019.
However, his win percentage of 56 per cent is commendable.
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Jose Mourinho: 100 games, 52 wins, 23 draws, 15 defeats (62 per cent)
Mourinho wasn’t the success story United hoped he would be when they named him as Van Gaal’s replacement back in 2016.
But, in his first 100 matches in charge, the current Tottenham boss managed a win percentage of 62 per cent.
They won 62 matches, drawing 23 and losing 15.
Mourinho helped United win the EFL Cup and Europa League during his time at the Old Trafford helm.
But that didn’t stop him from being sacked in December 2018.
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Louis van Gaal: 100 games, 52 wins, 25 draws, 23 defeats (52 per cent)
United thought the good times were destined to come back when they hired Louis van Gaal as David Moyes’ replacement in 2014.
Moyes had been sacked after just 10 months in charge after guiding United to a wretched seventh-placed finish.
But Van Gaal, like Mourinho, didn’t live up to expectations.
His side drew a quarter of their first 100 games under the Dutchman and also lost 23 times – the same amount as Solskjaer.
Van Gaal won the FA Cup with United but, ultimately, was sacked after seeing his side miss out on the Premier League top four.
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Sir Alex Ferguson: 100 games, 48 wins, 31 draws, 21 defeats (48 per cent)
It’s ironic that Ferguson, United’s best-ever manager, has the lowest win percentage from his opening century of games.
The Scot guided his side to victory on 48 occasions, drawing 31 and losing 31.
Ferguson was once close to the sack at United but he managed to turn things around and then never looked back.
He won 13 league titles during his spell at Old Trafford and bowed out on a high in 2013 after taking the title back from Manchester City.
And, seven years on from his departure, United are a shadow of their old selves.
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