Manchester United are the Premier League’s most dominant team, by some margin.
However after dominating most of the 1990s and first decade of the new millennium, the last few years have been a struggle.
Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, five men have occupied the Old Trafford dugout, either as permanent or temporary manager: David Moyes; Ryan Giggs; Louis van Gaal; Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In that time, the club has achieved a best finish of second in 2017/18.
But that’s been their only top-three finish, with other seasons seeing them finish in seventh (2013/14), fourth (2014/15), fifth (2015/16), sixth (2016/17) and sixth (2018/2019).
This season they currently sit in fifth place, three points off fourth and a Champions League finish, with nine games remaining.
But it used to be very different.
Man Utd’s Premier League wins
Under Sir Alex, Man Utd won the Premier League 13 times between 1992/93 and 2012/13. They never finished outside the top three, and even then they only came third three times.
Their Premier League titles came in:
Man Utd’s league championships
Of course, football wasn’t invented in 1992. Before then, the top flight was called the First Division.
Man Utd won the league seven times prior to the first Premier League season:
Sir Alex once famously described of his greatest achievements was ““knocking Liverpool right off their f*****g perch”.
He arrived at Man Utd in 1986, 19 years after their last league title.
When the Premier League started in 1992, Liverpool had 18 league championships to their name, with Utd still stuck on seven.
Since then the tables have turned, with Utd winning 13 titles without response from their rivals at Anfield.
Man Utd now stand alone as England’s most successful side in terms of championship wins, with 20 to their name.
They are followed by Liverpool with 18 and Arsenal, who have 13 titles.
Two second division titles (now the Championship), have also gone to Old Trafford, both in 1935/36 and 1974/75.
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