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What is Man Utd's worst Premier League finish?

12:05 am AEST 24/5/22
Harry Maguire Manchester United 2021-22
The Red Devils are one of the most decorated clubs in world football, but they have lost their way in more recent times

Manchester United’s struggles since Sir Alex Ferguson headed into retirement have been well documented, with a team that collected 13 Premier League titles under a legendary Scottish coach enduring serious regression since he stepped away from the dugout in 2013.

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all failed to rekindle former glories, while Ralf Rangnick is now preparing to pass a managerial baton to Erik ten Hag in the summer of 2022.

Champions League football won't be on the agenda for the incoming Dutch coach, with another backwards step being taken on the field at Old Trafford, but have the Red Devils posted their worst finish in the modern era? GOAL takes a look…

What is Man Utd's worst Premier League finish?

Manchester United's worst Premier League season came in 2021-22, with a new low hit by the Red Devils as they recorded only 16 wins, scored 57 goals and collected just 58 points.

Prior to the most recent campaign, 2013-14 had represented the club's biggest step backwards – in the immediate aftermath of Ferguson’s departure.

The Red Devils finished that season, which saw Moyes dismissed in the April after just 10 months at the helm, in seventh spot and with just 64 points to their name.

They suffered 12 defeats through 38 games – another unwanted record in the Premier League era that has subsequently been matched – and collected 19 wins.

Rank

Season

Points

Position

1

2021-22

58

6th

2

2013-14

64

7th

=3

2015-16

66

5th

=3

2018-19

66

6th

=3

2019-20

66

3rd

United would finish inside the top four just once across the following three seasons, with point tallies in the 60s becoming an alarmingly common theme.

Since that rather disastrous showing under Moyes, with Ryan Giggs taking charge on an interim basis in the wake of his departure, the Red Devils have finished with 66 points on three occasions.

That return was only good enough for a fifth-placed standing under Van Gaal in 2015-16, although he did deliver FA Cup glory, while a further step backwards into sixth was taken in 2018-19 as Mourinho stumbled out of the blocks and Solskjaer wobbled on the back of an initial honeymoon period.

Champions League qualification was secured with 66 points in 2019-20, as a Norwegian Treble winner saw his side into third spot, but United have slipped even further after becoming stuck in reverse.

Rangnick's men were guaranteed to post a new club low at the end of the 2021-22 campaign from some way out, with a 4-0 loss at Brighton on May 7 leaving them on 58 points ahead of a final day clash with Crystal Palace. United suffered a 1-0 reversal at Selhurst Park, which summed up their season, and only just clung on to sixth spot and Europa League qualification.

What is Man Utd's best ever Premier League finish?

Rank

Season

Points

Position

1

1993-94

92

1st

2

1999-00

91

1st

3

2008-09

90

1st

=4

2006-07

89

1st

=4

2011-12

89

2nd

=4

2012-13

89

1st

While United have found the going tough of late, they have plenty of happy memories to fall back on.

Their best showing to date came in the second year of the Premier League in 1993-94, with back-to-back title triumphs wrapped up as an Eric Cantona-inspired side collected 92 points while also going on to lift the FA Cup as part of a memorable double.

A year on from going one better in completing a historic Treble, the Red Devils cemented their standing as top dogs in English football by accumulating 91 points in 1999-2000, with a club-record 28 victories collected along the way while also suffering just three defeats and plundering 97 goals.

Ferguson’s men broke back into the 90s a decade later, in 2008-09, and saw their defence breached just 24 times that season as they also savoured League Cup glory.

Three other campaigns, including Ferguson’s farewell tour, delivered 89-point hauls, with a final tally of 75 – on two occasions – as low as an all-time coaching great sunk in the wake of a rebranding of the English top-flight in 1992.

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