A look at every Manchester United season since Sir Alex Ferguson left

A look at the last eight years at Old Trafford, which has included four permanent managers, three major trophies and a world-record signing.

Since the trophy littered dominance under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United have failed to emulate what the great Scotsman did.

Despite the £89million signing of Paul Pogba, paying Alexis Sanchez around £500,000 per week and £80million signing Harry Maguire, Man United remain without a Premier League title since 2012/13 - Ferguson's final season in the hot seat.

Here, we take a look at the club's season-by-season performance since Fergie's departure.


David Moyes was the 'Chosen One' after being backed by his compatriot Ferguson. It was seen as a smart move at the time with Moyes having a respectable track-record at Goodison Park with Everton for more than a decade.

Deciding to do it his way, Moyes replaced Ferguson's entire backroom staff in a bid to freshen things up. However, he was not supported by the board in his first transfer window with Marouane Fellaini from Everton his only signing.

The first Premier League campaign post-Fergie ended up being a total disaster for Man Utd as they finished in seventh position. Moyes paid the price as he was sacked in April 2014 after a 2-0 defeat away to his old club Everton with four games remaining.

David Moyes had a torrid time at Manchester United, although he did reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League
David Moyes had a torrid time at Manchester United, although he did reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League

Unwanted records were broken under Moyes. Not only had they endured their worst set of results at home for over a decade, but it was also the club's lowest points tally in the Premier League era.

They finished seventh and consequently missed out of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1995.


Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal was tasked with bringing success and restoring normality back to Man United. Van Gaal was coming off the back of a successful 2014 World Cup campaign as the Netherlands coach, where his side reached the semi-finals.

Man Utd splashed out on multiple signings that summer window with Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind being some of the names to arrive in Manchester.

But the additions which really lifted the expectations for the forthcoming season were winger Angel Di Maria for £59.7million and striker Radamel Falcao on a season long loan.

Van Gaal's first season in charge was a mostly solid one with the Red Devils finishing fourth place to qualify for the Champions League. Along the way, Van Gaal's side did the double over Liverpool and overcame Manchester City 4-2.

Unfortunately, big profile signings Di Maria and Falcao failed to live up to expectations. Argentina international Di Maria got off to an excellent start scoring three goals in his first five league appearances but that was as good as it got.

His slump in form coincided around the time of an attempted raid by burglars at his £4.1million Prestbury mansion.

Meanwhile, Falcao struggled in front of goal, scoring just four times in 26 appearances. He would have another spell on loan in the Premier League with Chelsea and he scored just once in 10 games.


With a solid season last time out, Man United were expected to build on their fourth-place finish and return to competing for the league title.

Summer arrivals were large in number again as Van Gaal brought in the vastly experienced and successful Bayern Munich midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Other additions included highly rated Netherlands international Memphis Depay, as well as Matteo Darmian, Anthony Martial, Morgan Schneiderlin and back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

Anthony Martial was signed from Monaco for an initial fee of £36million with it potentially rising to £57.6million
Anthony Martial was signed from Monaco for an initial fee of £36million with it potentially rising to £57.6million

Despite an impressive window on paper, Martial appeared to be the only player to show promise, beginning with a debut goal against Liverpool as a substitution.

December 2015 was a bleak month for Van Gaal. Defeats to AFC Bournemouth, Stoke City and Norwich City made it an unhappy Christmas for the Dutchman with fans beginning to lose patience at what they were watching.

A 3-2 defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park's farewell game saw United miss out on a top four finish. Despite winning the FA Cup, Van Gaal was sacked by the club.


Ed Woodward appointed Jose Mourinho as Van Gaal's replacement. The Special One - referring to himself as now the Happy One - was returning to the touchline for the first time since being sacked by Chelsea in 2015.

The ex-Real Madrid boss was viewed as the man to bring Premier League glory back to Old Trafford having won the league on three occasions with Chelsea in two tenures.

Major additions were brought in, starting with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a striker Mourinho had worked with during his time at Inter Milan. Pogba also returned for a then-world record fee of £89 million. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly were the other two signings made.

Despite anticipation of a battle between Mourinho and rival Pep Guardiola for Manchester supremacy, Man United's season was largely overshadowed by successful runs in the cup competitions in the EFL Cup and Europa League, where they won both.

The Europa League win was crucial for the club as it automatically qualified them for the 2017/18 Champions League.


The second season under Mourinho. Surely this year would deliver Man Utd's first Premier League title since 2013?

Prolific striker Romelu Lukaku was signed from Everton for £75million and Nemanja Matic was signed from Chelsea, reuniting him with Mourinho from their time at Stamford Bridge. Defender Victor Lindelof was also brought in from Benfica.

Statistically speaking this was Man United's best league campaign since Ferguson's departure with the side finishing second with 81 points. Despite boasting a victory all 19 clubs in the season, Man City would win the league by 19 points.


The summer of 2018 was a big season, especially after Mourinho had expressed his frustration during pre-season about being unable to sign Maguire.

Jose Mourinho won the UEFA Europa League and EFL Cup in his two-and-a-half year reign as Manchester United manager
Jose Mourinho won the UEFA Europa League and EFL Cup in his two-and-a-half year reign as Manchester United manager

Brazilian international Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk was the only major signing. Lee Grant was brought in to be the third-choice goalkeeper whilst 18-year-old fullback Diogo Dalot was signed as a future prospect.

It was Mourinho's feud with Pogba that dominated the headlines though with his performances dramatically declining on a weekly basis. Mourinho's position eventually became unattainable and he was sacked after a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in December 2018.

Man United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in on an interim basis until the end of the season. With Ole at the wheel, the club's form dramatically changed as Pogba and Marcus Rashford inspired them back into the top four for a brief amount of time.

It was enough for Solskjaer to be appointed on a full-time basis in March before the season had even finished.

The remaining weeks of the league campaign proved to be very difficult, though. A poor set of results towards the end of the season saw Man United drop off and finish sixth, missing out on Champions League soccer by five points.


After a disappointing end to a promising start made by Solskjaer, the club were active in the summer transfer window.

Maguire finally signed for a record fee for a defender in the excess of £80million from Leicester, Aaron Wan-Bissaka arrived from Crystal Palace for £50million and welsh winger Daniel James joined as a prospect for the future.

Man United started off the season brilliantly as they ripped apart Chelsea's Frank Lampard on the opening day of the season to win 4-0. This was just the start for many impressive wins against the top sides.

Solskjaer got the better of Man City and Chelsea both home and away, as well as drawing against eventual champions Liverpool. However, it was their form against the lesser teams which saw them sitting outside of the top four by the time January came.

The signing of Bruno Fernandes proved to be the turning point in Man United's season as they went unbeaten in the league from when he made his debut in February.

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Fernandes' form inspired the team to a third-place finish, with a final day of the season win away to Leicester securing Champions League soccer.

The hunt goes on for Man United to return to the good old days and they may have to wait another season with Man City looking more than likely to secure a third title in four seasons under Guardiola.

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