Statistically, Manchester United is now officially the king of comebacks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the ultimate super sub as a player. With 17 goals off the bench in the Premier League, he is second only to Jermain Defoe. Sir Alex Ferguson used him often to save games with late comeback goals, the most notable of which came in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
And Solskjaer has instilled the classic ‘comeback' attitude in the new Manchester United squad.
United's 1-3 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday was the tenth time they had come back from a goal down to win a game, and they now have a 25-game unbeaten away streak.
10 - For the tenth time this season, Manchester United have conceded the opening goal in an away Premier League game, however, the Red Devils are yet to lose on their travels when doing so, winning eight and drawing one of the other nine games. Routine.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 9, 2021
In games where opposing teams rarely feel secure with a lead and where one Man United goal can sometimes lead to a collapse, United's history of comeback victories has often been a psychological advantage.
It was something that became a little less present during the tenures of David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho, but it never completely vanished, as evidenced by Mourinho's 2-3 comeback win over Manchester City in April 2018.
United became the first team in Premier League history to win 100 games after a comeback victory on Sunday.
It’s in the club’s DNA and plays a major part in why the Red Devils are so widely followed.
With Academy graduate, Darren Fletcher, now in place as the club’s Technical Director, it would appear that the trait of comebacks, quick counters and attacking football will be held firmly in place despite any future changes in coaching or playing staff.