According to a new study by, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are two of the most unlucky managers in the Premier League.

  • United have hit the bar 16 times this season
  • Arsenal have missed 27 chances
  • Both have a combined 140 offsides

While many could have probably told you about how unlucky Wenger has been during his 21 years in charge of Arsenal, Mourinho does come as a bit of surprise.

However, when you look at the data from just this season, it does seem that way.

Manchester United have hit the woodwork 16 times and missed 32 chances this season. They have also been offside 78 times.

“The Manchester team had more missed chances, fewer penalties saved, fewer last second clearances, and more woodwork hits than any other,” say

“Meanwhile, the least unlucky (though maybe not the luckiest, considering his recent departure from the position) manager in the Premier League was Aitor Karanka – having brought Middlesbrough into the League in the first place.
“Likewise, Ranieri could probably claim he must have broken a mirror at some point, after winning the Premier League one year and getting sacked the next. But despite that, Leicester City themselves don’t rate particularly highly as either lucky or unlucky in these latest rankings – so maybe it’s just him.”

Meanwhile, Wenger’s Arsenal have hit the bar 11 times this season, missed 27 chances and been caught offside 62 times.

Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Slaven Bilic are also considered among the top five statistically most ‘unlucky’ Premier League managers according to’s graphic.

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