Manchester United’s troubled history with managers since Alex Ferguson’s retirement


Take a look at the number of managers who have been fired by the club following Ferguson’s incredible run.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager of Manchester United, the football club has not been able to find a solid footing. And this has reflected in the productivity of the team over the past few years. After Ferguson’s departure, the Red Devils failed to take the lead in the Premier League.

The club’s poor performance was reflected in the way they changed managers after Ferguson left. For 8 years, United has changed 4 managers. Ryan Giggs was a player-manager for a while between David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal. Michael Carrick has now been appointed as interim manager until the club finds an interim manager.

While it is true that different coaches bring new ideas and strategies to the team, Manchester United’s relentless struggle points to a problem with established strategy. The one that was in the game before Ferguson, and after his departure, the team seems to be suffering from the present, because its players are stuck in the past – in terms of tactics and play. Despite fresh – and quite expensive – new contracts, the team’s performance remains deplorable, and the coaches bear the brunt of expectations from owners and fans.

Here is a list of managers who have held the position since Ferguson retired.

David Moyes

July 2013 to April 2014)

After spending 11 years at Everton, Moyes was declared “the chosen one” after Ferguson personally selected him. Naturally, the burden of expectations turned out to be too heavy.

Alex Ferguson wrote in his book: Leading (2015), “He [Moyes] worked steadily at Everton, had a good time there – 11 years – and showed an appetite. ”

Moyes signed a 6-year contract with United, but his work lasted about 10 months. He was fired on April 21, 2014. Under his leadership, Manchester United played 51 matches and won 27. The team lost 15 and drew 9 matches with a 52.94% win rate. Moyes’ club failed to win any awards.

Moyes recently said in an interview with Sky Sports, “My style would be to build the club as I feel like I did with Everton – and rebuild them. I didn’t need to build Manchester United. I followed him and wanted to follow Sir Alex.

Louis Van Gaal

July 2014 – May 2016

Van Gaal joined Manchester United after a distinguished career, leading the Netherlands national team and working with clubs such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich. However, his nearly two years at United have not yielded much more than Moyes.

In his first year of management, the club finished fourth in the Premier League table. The following season, 2015/16, Manchester United were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League group stage after a 3-2 defeat to VfL Wolfsburg and finished fifth in the Premier League.

Manchester United's uneasy relationship with managers after Alex Ferguson's retirement

In his 22 months of coaching, the club played 103 matches and won 54 with a 52.43% win rate. United have lost 24 matches during this period and 25 ended in a draw. In terms of silver, the club has won one trophy – the FA Cup in 2016. Van Gaal was sacked two days after the victory.

In 2019, Van Gaal reported The keeper that he felt betrayed by the club. “At this moment I feel betrayed. I feel betrayed because many people say that it was already done in December, January. [the decision to fire him]… ”

Talking about Wayne Rooney in the same interview, he said that he put Rooney as the captain to control his (Rooney’s) life outside the training field. “Nothing can be said about his professionalism as a player in training or on the field. Outside the environment, the training field and the stadium are different. I made him my captain because I want to control this outer life. “

Jose Mourinho

July 2016 – December 2018

Jose Mourinho has fared better than any coach since Ferguson. During this time, Manchester United played 144 matches and won 84 with a win rate of 58.33%. The club lost 28 matches, 32 matches ended in a draw. However, under Mourinho, the club won two trophies – the UEFA Europa League in 2017 and the League Cup.

Mourinho has spent £ 430.8m signing 12 players during his tenure, including Romela Lukaku and midfielder Nemanju Matic. In the 2017-18 season, United dropped out of the Champions League in the round of 16. The club also lost to Chelsea in the 2018 FA Cup Final. But United managed to secure themselves second in the Premier League, 19 points behind Manchester City.

Manchester United's uneasy relationship with managers after Alex Ferguson's retirement

Mourinho was fired midway through the 2018 season. United were sixth in the Premier League at the time, just 19 points behind Liverpool after 17 games.

Mourinho said Independent“The first club where I felt I needed time was not provided because I felt like I left in the middle of the process, but I learn very early to respect decisions, which I did at United.”

However, his leadership at United was marred by controversy from the outset. Mourinho constantly had problems with the judges. Mourinho questioned the rationale behind the appointment of Anthony Taylor, who lives just 6 miles from Old Trafford and is reportedly a Red Devils fan on duty in United’s high-voltage clash against Liverpool at Anfield in October 2016.

He was also involved in a tunnel incident after a match with Manchester City, where he allegedly had a heated argument with City players, which led to an FA (Football Association) investigation, according to Telegraph

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

December 2018 to November 2021

Gunnar was probably the only United manager hired who did not have a distinguished career as his predecessors. He was sacked on November 21, 2021 after the club was defeated by Watford 4-1. Manchester United have lost 7 of their last 13 games.

During his reign, United spent £ 312.1 million on recruiting new players, including Rafael Varan, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo’s nostalgic return to the Red Devils. That’s £ 33m more than any other Premier League team and £ 196m more than City and Liverpool. combined

Manchester United fired coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on November 21, 2021.

Manchester United fired coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on November 21, 2021. Photo: Getty Images

However, the large expenditures did not lead to results. His results were only marginally better than Moyes and Van Gaal, but below Mourinho, who also led the team to two major cup victories. Under Gunnar, United played 164 games and won 90 with a 54.88% win rate. The club lost 38 matches and drew 36. In addition, Gunnar has no awards during his tenure.

The Red Devils have already dropped out of the Carabao Cup (League Cup) and were scheduled to play from behind in their last three Champions League matches this season.


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