Manchester United’s worst finish in the past 30 years is more predictable than most, with this one coinciding with the exits of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill following their retirements from their roles at Old Trafford, being replaced by David Moyes and Ed Woodward.
Losing both of these key figures at the Theatre of Dreams at the end of the 2012/13 season in the aftermath of the Red Devils record 20th title win was a hammer blow which they have never truly recovered from, due to a lack of strategy and competence on how to run a major football club.
Moyes struggled to adapt to the mammoth task he faced at Old Trafford, replacing the club’s backroom staff which had aided Ferguson so well in his final successes, as well as not being given the tools to succeed in the transfer market and as a result, was replaced by Ryan Giggs with just four games to go in the 2013/14 season.
United finished seventh, winning 19 of their 38 league matches, accumulating a total of 64 points, 25 less than the previous campaign and if their current form doesn’t improve, then there is a chance that they could beat this unwanted record, as they are currently one point worse off after 23 league matches.
Despite this being United’s worst Premier League finish to date in terms of positioning, they were still 31 points above 18th placed Norwich City, whilst in 2019/20 when they managed a third-place finish under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with 66 points, they were actually just one point further away to the drop zone, finishing 32 ahead of Bournemouth.
Louis van Gaal holds the record of the Old Trafford club’s closest finish to the relegation zone in the 2015/16 campaign when his side recorded a fifth-place finish, 29 points better off than 18th in the table Newcastle United. The Dutchman was sacked by the Red Devils shortly after their FA Cup win that season.