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Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United could equal best-ever Premier League by avoiding defeat against Manchester City

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After their 2-0 victory against Burnley on Sunday afternoon, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have stretched their unbeaten run to a rather impressive 23 matches – a record that has seen them win on 13 occasions, while accruing 10 draws.

This represents the Red Devils’ longest streak in the English top flight for six years, since Sir Alex Ferguson led the club to 24 games unbeaten during the 2010/11 campaign.

United went on to win the Premier League that season – the club’s 19th top flight title – before losing in the Champions League final at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.

While the Red Devils’ hopes of winning the Premier League in Mourinho’s maiden season were dashed several weeks ago, the club still have two possible routes for securing Champions League qualification this term.

After victory over Burnley, and following results elsewhere in the Premier League this weekend, United now sit just one point behind fourth placed Manchester City, who they face on Thursday, and three points behind third placed Liverpool, over whom they have to games in hand.

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Victory over rivals City later this week would not only move Mourinho’s side into the top four, two points clear of their opponents, but it would also see the Portuguese head coach’s side equal the 24-game unbeaten record set by Sir Alex’s 2010/11 side.

Meanwhile, in the Europa League, victory over Spanish outfit Celta Vigo in the semi-final stage would set-up a final clash in Stockholm, the winners of which are guaranteed entry into next season’s Champions League competition.

While United’s record makes for impressive reading, Mourinho will undoubtedly be frustrated with the number of times the club has been held to a draw this term.

This has been the only barrier preventing the Red Devils from challenging for the Premier League title and is a factor the three-time English top flight winner will challenge head-on ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

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Chris is the founder of The Boot Room. He is a Swindon Town supporter, having lived in Wiltshire for most of his years. His work has also featured on Squawka, Bleacher Report and Eurosport.

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