History shows Manchester United can recover from poor starts...

The last two times Manchester United endured similar starts to the current season, two very different results were produced.

Manchester United currently sit eighth in the Premier League table with seven points after five matches.

In the 1992/1993 season the side had the same number of points and in the 2005/2006 season the side had one less point, with a worse start after five matches.

Collectively, those are the three worst starts Manchester United have made to Premier League campaigns since the league was established to replace the old Division One system.

There is reason for United fans to stay optimistic because that 1992/1993 season saw them go on to win the league by ten points, losing just six games out of a total of 42.

Granted, that season had a higher number of matches for United to recover but it’s proof that David Moyes’ current side could still retain the Premier League title by the end of the season.

However, in contrast, the tale of the 2005/2006 season won’t create quite as much optimism.

United went on to finish second that season behind Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho’s team winning the title by eight points.

United lost just as many games as Chelsea that campaign, five, but they drew four more matches which is where Chelsea picked up their points gap.

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So how is this season likely to pan out?

Well it’s still a little too early to judge but based on the Manchester derby defeat United suffered yesterday, they look a little off the pace compared to some of their rivals for the league title.

However, what an early defeat like that can do is cause a side, especially a big side, to go back to the drawing board, going back to basics to try and resolve problems.

United could see a similar patch of football to what happened following that 6-1 thrashing City dished out to United at Old Trafford during the 2011/2012 season.

The period following that result generated some less impressive but hard fought victories that enabled United to stay in the hunt for the title, eventually missing out because of goal difference.

Hope hasn’t been extinguished just yet and the time for heads to drop is still a long way off.

What do you think? Can United repeat what happened in 92/93 or is the disappointment of 05/06 more likely?

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