Manchester United’s final home game of the season ended in a frustrating 1-1 draw with Fulham last night.

Fans were finally back at Old Trafford but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted to Sky Sports after the game that the performance wasn’t what they “wanted or deserved”.

Yesterday was far from the first time United underperformed at home this season – it was actually an issue.

We picked five worrying stats from United’s home form in 2020/21 …

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1) Only nine of United’s 19 Premier League games this season have been won.

2) United have conceded more home goals (28) than ever before in a Premier League season. It’s the highest since the 38 they let in 58 years ago in the 1962-63 season.

3) United have lost 10 points from home wins this season – also the highest home total for a Premier League season.

4) United lost five points from three home games against the relegated. Sheffield United won 2-1 at Old Trafford and West Brom were only beaten 1-0 in November thanks to a penalty kick.

5) West Ham and Leeds are the only members of the current top ten to have beaten United at home this season. Arsenal, Leicester, Liverpool and Tottenham won at Old Trafford, while Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea drew.

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What are the reasons?

United lost their first two home games to Crystal Palace and Tottenham, conceding nine goals.

This could be due to a lack of fitness due to a shortened preseason and accounts for almost a third of home goals conceded throughout the season.

But the problems go deeper. United are still struggling to break the teams down when it is their duty to make the race.

There is also a problem with recklessness. United should have taken the game 1-0 away from Fulham but basically stopped playing.

The ten home points that have fallen from winning positions show that this has been a persistent problem. United is 12 years behind City, so the effects of this sloppiness are clear to see.

Solskjaer has blamed everything from having no fans to wearing the wrong color banners to trying to impress fans against Fulham last night.

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Perhaps the lack of fans had an impact, but it was the same situation for all sides and not an excuse.

United have benefited from this outside of their home country as well, often handling games on the street that have fallen behind. United are unbeaten in the league this season which is a huge incentive for encouragement, but home performances have been a constant concern.

It’s something Solskjaer needs to sort out next season when the fans are back.

Without a much improved home form, United cannot expect to face a title challenge the next time.

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