Manchester United might still be stinging from their historic 7-0 loss to Liverpool, but they can take some solace from the fact that they’re among Europe’s best-performing sides across all competitions in 2022-23.
It’s been an interesting and competitive season across the big five leagues in Europe, with some surprise packages at the summit alongside some of the usual suspects. There have also been some early shocks in Europe and the domestic cups.
Here are the seven teams from Europe’s major leagues to have won 25 or more matches in all competitions in 2022-23 so far:
7. PSG – 26 wins
PSG have suffered with a bit of a World Cup hangover, but any team boasting a front three of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will win football matches. It’s not rocket science.
6. Arsenal – 26 wins
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners have been remarkably consistent in the Premier League this season, with their last-gasp comeback 3-2 victory over Bournemouth their 20th win of 26 Premier League outings.
We can’t blame them for focusing on the league and exiting the FA Cup and League Cup early on as a result. They remain in Europe, though, with their largely second-string side winning five of six matches in the Europa League group stage to set up a last-16 meeting with Sporting Lisbon.
5. Barcelona – 26 wins
Barcelona might have been pretty miserable in Europe this season – with defeats to Bayern Munich, Inter and Manchester United and just two wins against Viktoria Plzen from eight outings in the Champions League & Europa League – but they’ve been remarkably consistent in domestic football.
They’ve built up a healthy lead at the summit of La Liga, with 20 wins from 24 outings in the Liga, and are well-placed to make the Copa del Rey finals.
No fewer than 10 of their 26 wins this season have been via a 1-0 scoreline. Who had Xavi as the second coming of George Graham on their 2022-23 bingo card? Not us.
4. Manchester City – 26 wins
Pep Guardiola’s boys haven’t been at their relentless best this season. They were knocked out of the League Cup by Nathan Jones'(!) Southampton and have their work cut out if they’re to topple Arsenal in the Premier League title race.
But of course they’re on this list. You’d be a fool to write them off lifting one or more trophies come May.
3. Napoli – 27 wins
We absolutely love this Napoli team.
Luciano Spalletti’s side boast the best record in Europe’s top five leagues, with a 15-point lead at the summit of Serie A and 21 wins from 25 league outings.
They’ve also won six of seven matches in the Champions League. Dark horses for the European crown?
Napoli are playing the best football in Europe right now 😍
— Football Tekkers (@BallTekkers) February 28, 2023
2. Real Madrid – 28 wins
If reports from the Spanish press are to be believed, Carlo Ancelotti is in danger of losing his job at the Bernabeu.
That’s not a massive shock, given Los Blancos trail Barcelona by nine points in La Liga and lost 1-0 at home to their eternal rivals in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals.
But Madrid have been far from a disaster this season, as their overall win rate underlines. They breezed through the Champions League group stage and their 5-2 victory at Anfield was a reminder of their pedigree.
1. Manchester United – 30 wins
The 7-0 defeat at Anfield probably kills any talk of the quadruple, but one big off-day shouldn’t detract from how impressive Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils have been on four fronts this season.
They’ve already ended a six-year trophy drought with a no-nonsense 2-0 victory over Newcastle in the League Cup final with a canny performance that looked straight out of the Ferguson era. There’s every chance that they add further silverware, remaining among the hot favourites for the FA Cup and Europa League.
Only title rivals Manchester City and Arsenal have won more Premier League matches. United remain well on course for their primary objective of Champions League qualification.