Man Utd have lost more Champions League games than ANY other Prem club but still boast second-best win ratio

MANCHESTER UNITED have lost more Champions League games than ANY other Premier League club who have competed in the competition.

The Red Devils have lost a whopping 53 Champions League games, with their latest coming on Tuesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side touched down in Bern, Switzerland hoping to beat Young Boys.

Returning mega star Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the first half, scoring his third goal in just two games.

It was looking like a routine win for United but disaster struck in the 35th minute when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for a late tackle.

The tide changed and Young Boys found an equaliser in the second half with Moumi Ngamaleu getting the goal.

Second half substitute Jesse Lingard then threw a valuable point away for United right at the death, playing Theoson Siebatcheu through on goal.

The forward found the bottom-left corner, stunning United and sending the crowd wild.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slammed the lack of concentration his team showed.

He said: "It's in football in general, not just the Champions League.

“Discipline is a huge part of the game. Aaron's normally a very, very astute tackler, one of the best in the world, so we know we've given ourselves a more difficult task.

“A lack of concentration, make a mistake and you get punished, you get done.

“We did that last year, we conceded two sloppy counter-attacks against Basaksehir and lost that game, and lost this one in the last seconds.

“We've lost the opportunity to get three points but we've got two home games next and got to focus on those two.”

Despite losing the most Champions League games out of any Premier League club, the Red Devils have the second best win ratio.

Man Utd have won 121 Champions League games out of 231 games played, boasting an impressive win ratio of 52.3 per cent.

Man Utd rivals Manchester City boast the best win ratio out of all Premier League clubs who have played in the Champions League.

The Sky Blues have played 90 games, won 49, drawn 16 and lost 25 – giving them a win ratio of 54.4 per cent.

City reached last year's final, but lost to fellow Premier League outfit Chelsea 1-0 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Pep Guardiola's men are in action on Wednesday night, they face Bundesliga RB Leipzig at the Etihad.

Kick-off is due to get underway at 8pm, with Guardiola's side hoping to right the wrongs of last season.

City are expected to field a strong team as they look to make a statement in a tough group, which includes super power Paris Saint-Germain who now have Lionel Messi at their disposal.

Two-time Champions League winners Chelsea have a rather impressive record.

The Blues have played a whopping 178 games, winning 90 of those and only losing 38.

Not to mention they've scored 302 goals in the competition, 87 shy of United's goal tally in 53 less games.

And they have two Champions League's to show for it.

Boss Thomas Tuchel, however, has played down claims of Chelsea being one of the favourites to win the competition this year.

In response to being labeled as favourites, he said: "You can do what you want!

"It will not change our approach. We came out of the shadows, nobody thought that we would be the winners in the end.

We start from scratch, with 0 points. Zenit come with 0 points, 0 goals. We all have the same chance.

"Believe it or not, there are so, so many teams that can win it. You need luck, momentum, a good group.

"There are so many teams out there with a good group, a strong club, and good coaches. 

"This competition is a very open competition and like you see in other sports anything is possible if you believe, have momentum, have luck. We had this.

"We had a strong bond. We were surprised to win it but not undeserved. This can happen to anybody. 

"We start from scratch, with 0 points. Zenit come with 0 points, 0 goals. We all have the same chance.

"The target is to reach our own top level every single game. If we do this everything is possible, if we don’t we will not have a chance to compete in the Champions League."

The Blues kicked off their title defence with a win at home against Zenit Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

The most successful Premier League club in the competition, Liverpool (6), have incredibly won two times more Champions League's than Man Utd (3) and three times more than Chelsea (2) despite playing LESS games.

The Reds have only played 132 games in the Champions League, winning 65 of those.

Although their win percentage (49.2 per cent) is lower than their fellow English Champions League winners, their return is far greater.

Their most recent Champions League triumph came in 2019 when they beat Tottenham 2-0 at the Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid.

Legendary Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a theory as to why Liverpool have done so well in Europe down the years, compared to their 30 league title drought.

Wenger told beIN Sport: "In Europe they do well. Why? Anfield.

"[For a] home game, this is the most heated stadium in Europe in a return game. It is the only place you don't want to go.

"The atmosphere – everything – is special there."

Liverpool kick-start their Champions League campaign against historic rivals AC Milan on Wednesday night.

Arsenal have a rich history in terms of games played in the Champions League, but don't have a trophy to show for it.

The Gunners boast a win percentage of 46 per cent in the competition.

And that's unlikely to change any time soon with Arsenal struggling to finish inside the top four in recent years.

Arsenal's best shot at winning one of the biggest prizes in world football came back in 2006, but they were beaten by a star-studded Barcelona.

Tottenham, Newcastle, Leeds, Blackburn and Leicester make up the rest of the teams who have competed in the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino came close to European glory with Spurs back in 2019, but lost to six-time winners Liverpool.

Leicester also had a memorable run in the 2016/17 season, reaching the quarter-finals the season after their sensational underdog story which saw then win the Premier League under Claudio Ranieri.

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