In domestic matches following Thursday Europa League match…
Underachievement – 7
As Expected – 5
Better than Expected – 2
Wins – 7
Losses – 5
Draws – 2
5/14 wins in both Europa League match and following domestic match.
If we imagine every single game we played all season (including cups) was worth 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss, we can compare the points per game average for games played after a Europa League fixture and those without a Europa League fixture before it.
Points per Game (after playing Europa League) = 1.64
Points per Game (without Europa League) = 2.06
Loss Percentage (after playing Europa League) = 35.7% (5/14)
Loss Percentage (without Europa League) = 5.8% (2/34)
Man United lost 7 games in all competitions outside of the Europa League. 5 of these occurred in the match played directly after a Europa League match. The 2 that didn’t were an EFL Cup 2nd leg defeat to Hull City in a tie we still progressed through and a 2-1 defeat to Man City.