Haaland, Man City to obliterate Sir Alex’s legacy? Ten Premier League records that will be broken
Manchester City have set plenty of impressive records in the Premier League. They will break more. Including many of their own.
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Most trebles won (1)
Backing a team with exactly zero trebles to become the only team to win more than one is quite bold, yet here we are.
As you already know, Manchester United won the treble in 1999. This is the only proper treble in the history of English football. That is winning the FA Cup, Premier League (or First Division), and Champions League (or European Cup).
The inclusion of this record is one way of backing Manchester City to win the treble this season. They should hold off Arsenal’s title challenge, beat United in the FA Cup final and see off Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals before brushing aside one of the Milan clubs.
It might sound ridiculous to say considering the fact they have trailed Arsenal for much of this season and have won four Premier League titles in the last five years, but this City team looks like it could be something very, very special. Off the ball, they have never been better. On it, they remain simply outstanding. Adding Erling Haaland to the mix has given them something different and the debate about whether or not he makes City better or worse needs putting in the bin.
The treble should be won this season and there is no reason why they cannot do it again before Guardiola finally buggers off and gives someone else a chance.
Most home wins in a season (18)
This one is a bit debatable as the record is 18, meaning a team would have to win all of their home games. But it is not too far-fetched.
Four different clubs hold this record: Chelsea 05/06, whose dropped points came against Charlton Athletic (1-1); Manchester United 10/11 (2-2 vs West Brom); Manchester City 2011/12 (3-3 vs Sunderland) and 2018/19 (2-3 vs Crystal Palace); and Liverpool 2019/20 (1-1 vs Burnley).
The team you would expect to win 19 out of 19 is Manchester City. They have dominated English football for the last six years and are showing no signs of slowing down, even if Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United are all making up ground.
Oldest player (43 years 162 days)
John Burridge represented seven different teams in 1994 and 1996 alone, making it 16 in total between 1994 and 1997, which was the year he retired.
Currently a goalkeeping consultant for Kerala Blasters in India (thanks Wikipedia), Burridge played more games for Blackpool than any other side and in May 1995 he became the oldest player to play in the Premier League at 43 years and 162 days old. He was in the sticks for Manchester City against Queens Park Rangers and his side lost 3-2.
How fit players are these days says this record will be broken and with Gigi Buffon still knocking about, we can expect him to come and play for Manchester City on £0 a week so he can finally get his hands on the Champions League trophy.
The oldest outfielder in Premier League history is Teddy Sheringham, who played his last game at the ripe age of 40. Sheringham also became the oldest player to score in the top flight when he netted for West Ham against Portsmouth on Boxing Day 2006, a record that still stands.
Most titles won in a row (3)
Manchester United won three titles in a row twice under Sir Alex Ferguson. The first time came between 1999 and 2001 before it happened again between 2007 and 2009.
It should be abundantly clear who we think will win four in a row. Manchester City have claimed four of the last five and are expected to make it three in a row this term when they see off Arsenal’s superb title challenge. Once again, it is clear to see what is being predicted here. City are going to win the league again next season. Alas, a four-peat.
Most wins in a season (32)
Manchester City and Pep Guardiola have been taking the piss out of English football for too long, but who is to say they cannot get better? The Citizens set this particular record in 17/18 and equalled it a year later before Liverpool also won 32 league matches. If anything can display how good these two teams have been, it’s this record.
If City actually decide to try from matchday one instead of waiting until February to get their arses out of first gear, they are going to win at least 33 games in a season within the next two years. Watch this space.
Most goals scored (260)
Erling Haaland will smash this one – like he has already done to so many records – if he decides to stay in the Premier League for the long haul. Even though he is scoring goals at a ridiculous rate, this record is sitting waiting to be broken by Harry Kane.
Alan Shearer is the all-time top scorer in the Premier League and his goal tally could have been a lot higher if he didn’t suffer so many injuries, or if his career did not begin before the competition’s inception.
Kane will be the man to surpass Shearer. Who he will be playing for when he scores his 261st goal is anyone’s guess. This summer is a big one for the England captain, who will either sign a new Tottenham contract, join Manchester United, join Chelsea, or stay at Spurs before leaving for nothing next year.
Kane has an outrageous 208 goals in 316 matches at the time of writing. He recently equalled Wayne Rooney in second and is only one of three players to have at least 200 Premier League goals.
Most consecutive seasons scoring at least 30 goals (3)
Here’s another record Alan Shearer is bound to surrender.
In each of the three campaigns between 1993 and 1996, Shearer scored at least 30 league goals.
Erling Haaland is sure to break this record, though this could rest on his fitness levels and whether or not he gets bored and decides he wants to play for Real Madrid. Going forward, 20 games per season should be enough for the Nordic robot to hit 30 goals, so little injuries and knocks shouldn’t make too much of a difference.
Most goals in a calendar month (10)
Luis Suarez’s 13/14 campaign was pretty good. The best individual season in Premier League history, in fact.
In that season, the Uruguayan scored ten goals in December alone, netting 31 in total despite missing the first five games through suspension. He also assisted 17 goals that year.
Haaland is coming for this one too. When will he break this record? Nobody knows. How many times will he break this record? It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Most direct free-kicks scored (18)
David Beckham was a brilliant footballer, but will forever be remembered for his outstanding free-kick taking.
In 265 Premier League appearances, Becks scored 18 direct free-kicks. This is the most anyone has scored in the competition and is a record that has stood since he scored his last versus Everton in 2003.
Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse is going to break Beckham’s record, having scored 17 direct free-kicks. The Saints are staring down the barrel of relegation, but Ward-Prowse is sure to get a summer move to a Premier League club should the inevitable happen.
20 years after Beckham’s final top-flight free-kick, Ward-Prowse is expected to leapfrog the former England skipper and become the new record holder.
Most Player of the Month awards (7)
The last of the lot here is held by Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero – who have both been named Premier League Player of the Month seven times. The England captain’s most recent came last March and still has many months in Our League ahead of him unless he moves to Bayern Munich this summer.
It would be very surprising if Kane fails to win another to become the outright holder of this record. Haaland will probably hold this record at some point because why the hell not, we’ve included him in nearly everything else.
Besides Kane, the active players with the most Player of the Month awards are Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, who all have four. Cristiano Ronaldo has six but it would be very surprising to see him back in England. Unless that Newcastle clause is not complete and utter bullshit.
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