Manchester United are the biggest club in the world. If you don't believe it just ask one of their supporters. And it's hard to argue as they are currently at the top of the Forbes list of richest football clubs. But since winning their record 20th English Title in 2013, and the subsequent retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, their greatest and most winningest manager, the Red Devils have fallen off of England's throne, and it has not been pretty. In 1500 career games as United Manager, Ferguson had a 59.7% winning percentage, won 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and 2 Champions League and multiple other smaller trophies. These were indeed going to be hard shoes to fill.
Manchester United not only pride themselves on playing brave and fearless football but also on their academy producing wonderful talent, from England and abroad who become stars on the world's stage.
They initially replaced Sir Alex with fellow Scotsman, David Moyes which was by all accounts, an unmitigated disaster. In 51 games as United manager he took them from 1st place to 7th and was fired with 4 games to go. Ryan Giggs served as caretacker for the remainder of the season.
They next turned to Dutch manager and product of the Barca-Ajax school of football, Louis Van Gaal, who immediately took them back into a Champions League spot with a 4th place finish in his first season. But the football, like under David Moyes, was not the bold, attacking brand of football that United fans expected them to play. In his second season LVG failed to get United into the Champions League. His final game was the FA Cup final which he won only to be immediately sacked for the Special One, Jose Mourinho.
In 103 games as United manager, Van Gaal was only able to match David Moyes' winning percentage of just under 53% and one trophy.
We now are currently in the Jose Mourinho era of Manchester United and they have opened their cheque books and paid handsome transfer fees for both Romelu Lukaku and former academy product Paul Pogba among others. And though there is still plenty unrest in the organization, Mourinho led Manchester United to their highest finish in the post Ferguson era last season, placing 2nd. Furthermore in 131 games at the helm, Mourinho has a highest winning percentage on any United manager ever at 60.3%
A number of legendary players have called Manchester United home over the club's rich history. Homegrown heroes such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs were critical to the club’s best decades. This club was also the launching pad for Christiano Ronaldo's career and where Wayne Rooney became one of the greatest players in English history
In the summer of 2005 American Malcolm Glazer, assumed 98% control of Manchester United shares and has been leveraging the clubs finances ever since. Since then the majority of United fans have been disgruntled with the ownership model though it has not stopped them from maintaining their status at the riches club in the world.
Manchester United Next Game
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You will find Manchester United's entire season schedule right here. Check out their latest results and take a look at odds for upcoming fixtures, or sort by home and away games to review trends and form. For past results, you can review lineups, match reports and statistics which will help give you the edge when deciding on your final bet.
Manchester United Scores And Standings
Below you will find Manchester United's current Premier League standings, updated after every matchday. You can toggle home and away fixtures, review offensive production, view defensive statistics and even check out how United's first and second half performances differ. There is a wealth of information available to you right here.
Bet On Manchester United Games
Throughout his managerial career across Europe Jose Mourinho has been a steady, dependable winner. And the mark of a Mourinho team has always been one of defensive ruthlessness and efficiency. In his Premier League career as Chelsea and Manchester United manager, Mourinho teams have kept clean sheets at a rate slightly over 50%, which is outstanding by all accounts. So anyone who has been betting Jose Mourinho managed teams over his career has been looking for spots to bet on clean sheets and unders.
Last season, true to form in 38 Premier League games Manchester United kept 19 clean sheets, 12 at home. In the season prior, Mourinho's first in charge, they maintained 45% clean sheets and only 34% of their games went over 2.5 goals.
However it appears as though Mourinho is starting to lose his way. No longer does this Manchester United side look to be capable of keeping clean sheets as the midfield and defense is unorganized to put it mildly. And it's not as if he has changed his tune and forgone defense to play a more attacking brand of football. Manchester United seem to be without identity at the moment and there is lots of rumblings about Mourinho already having one foot out the door.
His public disputes with star players have become a spectacle and it's hard to handicap a team in the midst of a locker room crisis. Until this team gains or regains an identity it may be best to stay away from betting on them.
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