It has all been downhill for Manchester United ever since Sir Alex left
Manchester United have had a torrid time ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired after the 2012-13 season. The Red Devils have struggled terribly in the Premier League, having failed to win it post the Scottish legend’s departure.
United have tried different managers and players but haven’t been successful with any combination. What has been more challenging for them recently is gaining some consistency on the pitch.
Manchester United enjoyed a lot of success under Sir Alex
Sir Alex Ferguson gave many memorable moments during his reign as Manchester United’s boss. Having been the most decorated manager in the history of the Premier League, beating his record isn’t going to be easy.
He had a win percentage of 65% from the 808 games he managed for United. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, no manager post Sir Alex’s retirement has come close to matching this feat.
So, let’s take a look at the best win percentage of Manchester United managers since their greatest one left.
#5 Ralf Rangnick
Ralf Rangnick will be more efficient with his consultancy role
United’s current interim manager Ralf Rangnick has had an inconsistent time at the club so far. The German is set to be present in a consultancy role after the end of the ongoing season.
Rangnick invented the gegenpressing style of football but the same is yet to be seen on the pitch with United. In his time so far with the club, the 63-year old has seen the club get eliminated from the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.
In the Premier League, he has registered a victory in nine matches out of the 19 in which he managed the Red Devils. Overall, Ralf Rangnick has a win percentage of 41.67% at Manchester United so far.
#4 Louis Van Gaal
Van Gaal is currently managing the Dutch national team
The Dutch manager remains one of the most decorated managers in the football world. Having achieved success with Ajax, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich, Van Gaal took over as Manchester United’s manager in the 2014-15 season.
With the Red Devils, he won the FA Cup in the 2015-16 season, his only trophy with them. Van Gaal’s style of football involved keeping possession of the football for a long duration. But, United struggled to be creative in attack with that approach.
In his two seasons with the club, Van Gaal won 39 Premier League games out of 75. Overall, his win percentage at Manchester United was 52%.
#3 David Moyes
David Moyes had a time to forget at United
David Moyes was the first manager to be appointed post Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. He joined the Red Devils in the 2013-14 season after managing Everton for more than a decade.
The Scottish manager won the FA Community Shield with the club but failed to impress the fans in his single season at United. His approach with some of the senior players didn’t go down well.
He was deemed to lack the experience to handle the quality of players at Manchester United. Overall, David Moyes had a win percentage of 53% in his single season with the Red Devils.
#2 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was let down by the United players
The Manchester United legend is best known for his role as a successful substitute and his memorable goal in the 1998-99 Champions League finals. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as United’s manager in the 2018-19 season.
After initially being designated caretaker manager, the Norwegian was made permanent the following season. During his tenure as United’s manager, the club finished in the top four twice in the Premier League.
Solskjaer’s spell saw United end as runners-up in the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League. Overall, he had a win percentage of 54% with the Red Devils. The Norwegian is without a club right now.
#1 Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has been the most successful among all the managers since Sir Alex’s retirement
The Portuguese manager has been one of the most entertaining figures on the touchline over the years. Jose Mourinho‘s expressive and blockbuster approach has been fascinating to watch from a neutral perspective.
He joined as Manchester United’s manager in the 2016-17 season. In his stellar career, Mourinho has won a lot of trophies but they didn’t come easy to him at United.
Using his smart tactics and amazing detailed study of the opposition, the Portuguese helped United win the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League. He also won the EFL Cup that season, as well as the FA Community Shield in 2016.
Finishing second with the club in the 2017-18 season is considered an achievement by Mourinho. During his time at Manchester United, he had a win percentage of 58%. He’s currently managing Serie A side Roma and is close to helping them win the UEFA Europa Conference League.