It’s now official. As of Sunday afternoon, Manchester have now made their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign and the statistics therein are most definitely of the ‘damning’ variety.
The point garnered from the fractious 1-1 draw with West Ham was only United’s 20th of the season so far which, after 13 games, is what you might call fairly meagre – especially for a vastly expensive team with designs on winning the title.
Despite being pilloried for their dawdling starts at United, David Moyes had accumulated 22 points by this stage in 2013/14, with Louis van Gaal reaching totals of 22 and 27 respectively during his subsequent two seasons in charge.
By way of comparison, Sir Alex Ferguson already had 30 points on the board after 13 games the last time United won the league, back in 2012/13.
While we’d stop short of calling it a crisis – it really isn’t – Jose Mourinho’s crotchety United side are currently squatting 8 points outside the top four and 11 points behind Chelsea at the summit. That’s £150million spent to crawl ever so slightly backwards, week by