After finishing second under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, many believed that Manchester United were going to push on and continue to improve heading into this season. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, that has been far from the case.
United have regressed massively this season, going from potential title challengers to struggling to keep up in the race for the top four.
Following Solskjaer’s sacking in November, Ralf Rangnick took the reins but not even he could help get United’s season back on track. A home defeat to West Ham dumped them out of the Carabao Cup in the Third Round, a disappointing FA Cup exit to Middlesborough saw them knocked out in the Fourth Round, and Atletico Madrid kicked United out of the Champions League in the Round of 16.
It left United on course for another trophyless season, with just a top-four league finish being the only thing that could salvage their season – but they couldn’t even do that.
Arsenal and Tottenham, who themselves have had spells where they have slipped up and hit a bad run of form, have managed to leave United in their dust. Rangnick’s side are set to finish around ten points off the top four, making it their worst-ever Premier League season. They’ll be hoping new boss Erik ten Hag can change fortunes and get United back on track next campaign.