Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left, to me, its been “fuck all” for the mighty Red Devils.
Under Sir Alex, Manchester United won 13 Premierships, with only a early 2000s spell where his squad went without one for a few years, but IIRC, almost always was at the top 4.
I was surprised top learn MU only won two UEFA Champions League titles under his spell, but still, the fact they were won far apart says alot about his durability.
Wont even mention 5 FA Cups.
In his last season, MU won the Premiership, again, then retired. Manchester United have not hired idiots to take his place, two very good coaches, the guy from Everton and Luis deGal. But immediately, there seems to have been a decline:
Manager- former Everton guy whose name I cant remember
Premier League----7th (SHOCKING)
FA Cup-----Third Round
UEFA Champions League----Quarter-finals (OKAY, that is respectable)
Manager Louis van Gaal
Premier League-----4th (GOOD, back in the UEFA CL)
FA Cup-----Sixth Round—weak
League Cup----Second Round
2016 under van Gaal:
still in all cups
Now in Europa league after being demoted from CL, and from what I saw just got embarrassed from some club in Scandanivia
Currently 5th in Premier league
My impression is the top three results would have been unthinkable under Sir Ferguson. Am I being unfair?
Was David Moyes (finally looked it up) that bad of a manager? What, did the players refuse to perform for him now that Sir Alex retired?
Was perhaps Manchester United on the downslide under Sir Alex, and Fergie retired at the right time, handing over a poison pill to his successor? Hard to believe since they won the Prem and then dropped to 7.
It seems like there is some improvement under de Gaal. But is it enough to save his job? Has there been any talk among United faithful about bringing Ferguson back?
I have noticed since Ferguson left, clubs like City, Leicester, and Tottenham have magically have worked their way into the top 4; is it simply because Ferguson was that great (and the owner of Chelsea is a basket case) and they are now benefiting from his absence.
Or was this going to happen anyway? Did Sir Alex have similar 3-5 year dry spells where maybe even his job was on the line at MU?