Ranking Manchester United's 10 Lowest Moments in the Post Sir Alex Ferguson Era

Manchester United supporters receive a lot of backlash online for complaining about their beloved club's current situation, but in fairness to the Red Devils, pain and suffering is all relative. 

A club which had known nothing but unequivocal success over two decades under the great Sir Alex Ferguson, has suddenly been dropped into the footballing wilderness, with only a rickshaw to navigate them out of the deserted lands - and yes, Ole is still at the wheel. 


From famous Champions League final successes over Bayern Munich and Chelsea, to tragic defeats at the hands of Astana and FC Midtjylland, this club has genuinely gone from dining at the top-table to diving into Wetherspoons for an 11am pint. 

And yet this loyal fanbase remains exactly that. Kudos, guys and gals. 

There have been some real 'bottom of the barrel moments' for the Man Utd faithful during the David Moyes - Ryan Giggs - Louis van Gaal - José Mourinho - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era, and their current boss is showing few signs of turning this rickshaw of failure around. 

So, 90min investigates just how low the Red Devils have sunk since King Fergie left the building. 

10 - Mourinho Taunts

What's the last thing you want when you've just been knocked out of the Champions League in the Round of 16, to a bang-average Sevilla side? Your own manager reminding the media how bad ​Man Utd have been in recent history, and how he knocked them out of Europe only a few years ago, perhaps?

But that'd never happen. Surely.

Enter, José Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho

"Since 2011; 2012 out at the group phase, the group was almost same group we had this season, with Benfica, Basel and Otelul Galati — out in group phase. In 2013, out at Old Trafford in the last 16, I was on the bench."

The digs didn't stop there, either.

"In seven years, with four managers; once not qualifying for Europe, twice out in group phase and the best was quarterfinals. This is football heritage."

Box office stuff. 

9 - Respect

The old Mourinho one-two.

This was the moment we all suspected Mourinho had lost the plot. Facing the press after losing 3-0 at home to ​Tottenham Hotspur, José reminded everyone just how successful he (and not Man Utd) had been.

“(Holding three fingers up) 3-0, 3-0. Do you know what this is? 3-0. But it also means three Premierships and I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together."

Respect guys, respect.

8 - Theatre of Nightmares 

David Moyes. The man, the myth, the record breaker. Back in 2013, ​Everton and Newcastle United were still hoping to end their awful records at Old Trafford. The Toffees had failed to win at the Theatre of Dreams since 1992, and ​the Magpies hadn't claimed three points there in a staggering 41 years. 


You don't need me to tell you what happened next. Just in case you do - Moyes' men lost both games by a goal to nil, and the cracks truly began to appear in the Chosen One's era. 

7 - Theatre of Nightmares #2

Moyes' home discomforts didn't end there, however. The poor Scotsman had to endure back-to-back 3-0 hammerings in March 2014 at the hands of bitter enemies Liverpool and noisy neighbours Manchester City. 

Steven Gerrard

The end was nigh for Fergie's successor. 

 6 - MK Dons Destruction

King Louis van Gaal was at the helm for this one, looking to keep his side within the hunt for a trophy or two, when Man Utd travelled to MK Dons in 2014. The League One Side put the Premier League giants to the sword however, with Will Grigg and Benik Afobe grabbing a brace each for the lower-league hosts.

​Dele Alli also starred for the Dons that night, who completely outplayed a Red Devils side which included David De Gea, Jonny Evans, and Anderson.


5 - Losing to Midtjylland

In the first leg of the Round of 32 Europa League tie in 2016, Man Utd were humbled in the back yard of Danish champions FC Midtjylland. Van Gaal's army lost 2-1 to a team whose name is worth about 62 points on a Scrabble board (if you bag a triple word score, obviously), in one of the most humiliating defeats in the club's history.


Don't worry folks, they turned it around in the second leg. Absolute shambles.

4 - Losing to Astana

Speaking of tragic defeats, that brings us nicely on to this season. November 28 will forever be the day when FC Astana came from behind to topple giants ​Man Utd by two goals to one in the Europa League, in whichever country they play their football.


We don't care that Solskjaer put out a seriously weakened side against them, this is almost as low as it gets.

3 - Going Places 

"When you play ​Man City in the Carabao Cup and they put their strongest team out, you know you've gone places because that means they respect us."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

That's just MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaking after a 3-1 defeat to Man City at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup semi-final, against a side which didn't include their star striker ​Sergio Aguero or goalkeeper Ederson. 

"That means they respect us," are often the words of a boy who has just scared away a bully by peeing his own pants. 

2 - The Curse of Rio Ferdinand

"Listen, Man United might not thank me but get the contract out, put it on the table. Let him sign it.

"Let him write whatever numbers he wants to put on there, given what he's done since he's come in. Ole's at the wheel, man. He's doing it. He's doing his thing.

Rio Ferdinand

"Man United are BACK."

These words will circle social media for the rest of our lives, I fear. And I'm more than okay with that.

1 - Andy Tate's 'Since Fergie's Gone'

There's a small part of us all which enjoys seeing a supporter completely lose the plot on the internet. Arsenal fans have even turned on their very own AFTV for the humiliation it brings the club on a weekly basis. 

So how have Man Utd got away with one of their internet stars releasing a song?! Andy 'Moyseh' Tate, the man who gave us so many laughs during the Red Devils' darkest hours, released a heartfelt song titled 'Since Fergie's Gone' to the tune of the classic Kelly Clarkson hit. 

​Seriously, go and look it up. 

For any club, this is rock bottom.

Source : 90min