Saturday 16 December 2017

Question nobody asked

TO THE LAST FIVE SEASONS? HOW DO THIS YEAR'S TOP THREE COMPARE

Manchester United's 73 points from 34 games currently gives them a six-point lead but that would not have been enough to top the league in any of the last five seasons and only once would it have had them in second.

For the past three years, even the third-placed teams would have been breathing down their necks with Arsenal (2010 and 2008) and Chelsea 2009) each having 71 points but only sitting in third place.

United's 73-point tally is the same amount of points as they had after 34 games last year (when they trailed Chelsea by four points) but, by this stage of the previous seasons, the totals read: 80, 80, 82 and 76.

Arsenal's tally of 64 is seven points worse than this time last year while Chelsea's struggles are reflected by their 67-point total which is significantly worse than the previous five which read: 77, 71, 75, 79 and a remarkable 85 points from 34 games in 2006.

Irish Independent

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