12 February 2017
MANCHESTER UNITED have reached a historic 2,000 Premier League points with their 2 – 0 win over Watford on Saturday.
United have been the most dominant club since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, winning 13 titles and have now become the first team to reach the Landmark of 2000 Premier League points with a 2 – 0 win over Watford.
A goal in each half by Juan Mata and Anthony Martial secured a win for United to take them to 5th position but Sadio Mane’s brace late Saturday evening against Tottenham ensured Liverpool leapfrogged United and send them back to sixth position but with two points behind second placed Tottenham Hotspurs.
After playing 949 games, the Red Devils have reached 2000 points with 599 wins and 203 draws. The win ratio after the Watford match stands at 63 per cent.
United will become the first team to reach 600 mark if they beat Bournemouth at home in their Premier League fixture on March 4.
United are one of only six teams to play every single game in the Premier League since its inception. United also sit top of the standings when it comes to points-per-game with an average of 2.11. No other club has an average of more than 2.
Next to United is Arsenal. The Gunners have garnered 1,797 points. League leaders, Chelsea are on 1,755 points and could extend it to 1758 points if they beat Burnley on Sunday.
Liverpool who are yet to win a title in the Premier League, have 1,647 League points while Tottenham Hotspurs are in fourth position with 1,411 points.
Six teams have been in the Premier League since it began and incidentally they occupy the top six in the all-time points list. They are Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton.
While United, Arsenal and Chelsea have won 20 titles between them, the last trio of Liverpool, Spurs and Everton have no title to their names.
Aston Villa were ever-present until their relegation last season, racking up 1,223 points in 924 games.
Newcastle (1,183) and Manchester City (1,142) are the other teams to crack 1,000 and West Ham will expect to join them this season – the Hammers are on 991 after Saturday’s 2 – 2 draw against Westbrom.
The 1993/1994 Season Champions, Blackburn Rovers is the only champion in the new era that is not in the top 10. The river siders who got relegated in 2012 are 11th on the all-time points log with 970 points.
Barnsley (35 points) and Blackpool (39) are the other teams to have spent a solitary season in the Premier League, and these two clubs are also the only others below 50 total points.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.