Manchester United

How have Manchester United managers performed in their debut match?

19:20 EAT 05/12/2021
Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Michael Carrick
Ralf Rangnick off to a winning start at Old Trafford...

A solitary strike from Fred helped Ralf Rangnick kick-off his journey as Manchester United manager with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The German became the seventh manager to sit on the Manchester United manager's chair in the last eight years since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013.

Rangnick came in as an interim manager replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm. Before the German took charge of the team, Michael Carrick served the club as their caretaker manager for three matches.

In the last eight years, Solskjaer is the longest serving manager of the club, remaining at the helm for nearly three years. Jose Mourinho stayed at the club for two and half seasons while Louis van Gaal left the club after remaining in charge for two years.

Since Ferguson's departure, former players Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick have served the club as their caretaker manager. While Carrick took charge after Solskjaer, Giggs sat on the manager's chair between David Moyes' departure and Louis van Gaal's arrival.

Now, let us take a look at the performance of Manchester United managers on their managerial debuts for the club.





Sir Alex Ferguson

Oxford United 2-0 Manchester United


1986-87 Football League

David Moyes

Manchester United 2-0 Wigan Athletic


2013 Community Shield

Ryan Giggs (Caretaker)

Manchester United 4-0 Norwich City


2013/14 Premier League

Louis van Gaal

Swansea City 1-2 Manchester United


2014/15 Premier League

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City


2016 Community Shield

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Cardiff City 1-5 Manchester United


2018/19 Premier League

Michael Carrick (Caretaker)

Villarreal 0-2 Manchester United


2021/22 Champions League

Ralf Rangnick (Interim)

Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace


2021/22 Premier League