Aston Villa have equalled the longest run of home games without a win against a single opponent in English league history, as they narrowly lost 1-0 to Manchester United on Friday night.
Villa headed into the encounter in good spirits following an impressive summer in the transfer market and opening day 1-0 victory at Bournemouth.
However, history was not on their side pre kick-off as Villa faced United having not beaten them at Villa Park in 19 league attempts, their last victory coming in August 1995.
After an impressive first 10 minutes or so from the Villans, Louis van Gaal’s men soon asserted control of proceedings and deservedly took the lead through Adnan Januzaj’s clever finish.
Despite their attempts, Villa struggled to create any clear openings and the introduction of last weekend’s match-winner Rudy Gestede in the second period did little to change the course of the game.
As the clock rolled on towards the 90 minute mark, it was an all too familiar sight for the home supporters and an air of resignation about the place was evident as the visitors comfortably held out.
20 - Aston Villa have equalled the longest run of home games without a win versus a single opponent in English league history. Ignominy.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 14, 2015
20 - Manchester United have equalled he record for consecutive away games unbeaten vs. a single opponent in English league history. Match.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 14, 2015
As per Opa Stats, Villa’s inability to beat the visitors matched an all-time unwanted record while United’s unbeaten run in contrast also found a way into the history books – although for the right reasons.
Should Villa preserve their Premier League status for next season – a likely scenario under manager Tim Sherwood – then next year’s encounter at Villa Park could see both clubs claim their records outright.