Manchester United’s unbeaten run, Pele’s goals and other misleading records

first_img Pele scored 1,283 career goals – Sure, he may have hit the back of the net 1,283 times, scoring against the world’s best, but he also LOVED scoring against the worst too. His 77 goals in 92 Brazil matches (12 in the World Cup) is incredible, but he grabbed the majority of his strikes in friendlies against Brazilian Sunday league teams. He bagged eight against Botafogo, but not THAT Botafogo. They were simply a state side any top class player would easily dominate. Nice try Pele, we’re onto you! 8 David Beckham is England’s most capped outfield player – The midfield legend played 115 games for the Three Lions, but actually appeared for less time than iconic captain Bobby Moore. He only started 101 of his 115 games (making 14 substitute appearances), whereas Moore won 108 caps – all of them as a starter. Even more important is the fact Beckham played just 8335 minutes for his country, whilst Moore totalled 9780 minutes. So Beckham has more caps, but Moore is the player who turned out most for England. Getty Images – Getty Perugia finished the 1978/79 Serie A season without a defeat to their name – But, they did NOT win the league title that year! AC Milan were crowned champions, with 44 points, despite losing three games. Perugia won 11 and drew 19 of their 30 matches, but ended three points behind the Rossoneri. It remains Perugia’s best-ever league finish, and they became the first team to go a season undefeated without winning the league. Manchester United have gone 24 Premier League games without defeat, equalling their all-time top flight unbeaten run – Sure, that is pretty impressive. But when you actually delve into the data Jose Mourinho’s side have been fairly uninspiring. Since losing to Chelsea in October, the Red Devils have not lost a single league match – but they have drawn 11 of those games. Their 2-0 win over Chelsea is the only time one could say United played really well. They beat Swansea on November 6 to move sixth, and despite not losing a game they have only moved up to fifth. 8 In drawing 0-0 with Manchester City on Thursday evening, Manchester United equalled their longest ever unbeaten run in top flight football.It was the 24th Premier League game the Red Devils have played without losing, a run which stretches all the way back to October – when Jose Mourinho’s side were defeated by Chelsea.But when you investigate further, it is clear that record is a bit misleading. They have drawn 11 of those matches, and only moved two places in the table; United could have lost some of those games and been better off, as long as they changed some of those draws into wins.This uninspiring run of results got talkSPORT thinking about other misleading records, which seem impressive on the surface but are nowhere near as good when properly looked into.To see eight misleading records, click the right arrow, above… 8 Leicester City have lost only one European home game in 55 years – Wow! Reading that makes the Foxes sound like European football elite. But when you consider they’ve only played nine games in that time, that record is much less impressive. They beat Glenavon and drew with Atletico Madrid in the 1961/92 Cup Winners’ Cup, and lost to Atleti in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup. That remains their last ever home defeat, having drawn with Red Star Belgrade in 2000/01, and recorded five wins and one draw in this season’s Champions League. center_img 8 Liverpool have never won the Premier League – This is a fact pulled out the air every season, when it is clear the Reds will not be challenging for the title once again. But it is misleading, and does a major disservice to the Anfield club. They remain the second most successful team in English league football, as long as one remembers the sport began before 1992. Those 18 First Division titles get forgotten about all too often, especially when deriding Liverpool fans for always remembering the past. Arsenal completed the 2003/04 season as the Invincibles – The Gunners did not lose a single game in the 2003/04 season! That is really impressive! But, actually, they did lose a game – six in fact. They were knocked out of all three cup competitions, coincidentally by a Premier League team in each one. Manchester United beat them in the FA Cup semi-finals, Middlesbrough beat them in both legs of the League Cup semi-finals, and Chelsea knocked the Gunners out of the Champions League with a 2-1 second-leg win at the quarter-final stage. They also lost to both Inter Milan and Dynamo Kyiv in the group stage of Europe’s premier competition. Sure, the Invincibles were a great group of players who completed a remarkable feat, but never forget they did lose games that season. 8 8 8 Wayne Rooney is England’s greatest ever goalscorer – The Manchester United icon broke Bobby Charlton’s record as England’s all-time top goalscorer in September 2015, netting from the penalty spot against Switzerland. He does have 53 goals compared to Charlton’s 49, but does that mean he is the Three Lions’ greatest ever goalscorer? Charlton broke the record in fewer games, managing an average of 0.46 goals per game (gpg) – better than Rooney’s 0.45gpg. Still, Charlton has nothing on Gary Lineker (0.60gpg), Jimmy Greaves (0.77gpg) or the player with the best ever average, Vivian Woodward, whose 29 goals in 23 games means he scored 1.26 goals per game. Rooney might be top scorer, but he’s nowhere near England’s best ever striker. 8last_img read more