SEASON REVIEW 2021/2022: THE WORST MANCHESTER UNITED SEASON IN PREMIER LEAGUE HISTORY

The last match of the season ended with a loss against Crystal Palace, which confirmed 6th place with 58 points, which is the club's lowest points tally in Premier League history, and also verifies Manchester United's place in the Europa League for the 5th time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. With the season being done and dusted, lets take a look at this year's season review.

Manchester United is a club who's traditional goals have always been winning or ,at the very least, challenging for the Premier League title and the Champions League trophy. And this is exactly what the fans thought would happen following a Summer Transfer Window which saw the arrivals of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and, the main man himself, Cristiano Ronaldo. But 2021-2022 has been a season to forget for Red Devils fans.

 

This year's Premier League campaign started with a 5-1 win on the 14th of August over rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford, which gave hope to the fans that this would be a spectacular season. They followed it up with 3 wins and 1 draw over the next 4 matches, but then, something happened which changed this season's fortunes. From the following 7 matches, United only picked up 4 points from a possible 21, with defeats coming from Liverpool and Manchester City but also lower rated teams like Aston Villa and Watford. This horrible run also marked the end of the Ole Gunnar Solskaer era, as the former Manager was sacked on the 21st of November, following the 1-4 Defeat to the Hornets and was replaced by Caretaker Manager Michael Carrick, who managed a draw against Chelsea and a win over Arsenal.

Ralf Rangnick was then appointed as Interim Manager until the end of the season, taking charge officially on the 3rd of December. The team then went on an up-and-down run, taking 40 points from a possible 72, which confirmed that United finished the season in 6th place.

 

United have scored 57 goals this season, eight more than their all-time low of 49 goals scored in the 2015-2016 season.

However, with 57 goals conceded this year, the club has set an all-time club record for goals conceded in a Premier League season, beating its previous record by two goals which was 54 goals conceded in 2018-19.

The team also set a new record for the fewest wins in a Premier League season, with 16, fewer victories than the previous low of 18 wins in 2016-17 and 2019-20.

 

As for the cup competitions, the team has been unsuccessful in each of them. United only played one game is the EFL cup, going out against West Ham United with a score of 0-1 on the 22nd of September. This was Manchester United's first League Cup third round exit since the 2018-2019 season.

In the FA cup, United eliminated Aston Villa in the Third Round with a score of 1-0 on the 10th of January but were later eliminated on penalties by Championship side Middlesbrough on the 4th of February.

In the prestigious Champions League, United topped their group containing Villareal, Atalanta and Young Boys but went out in the Round of 16 by the hand of Spanish Champions Atletico Madrid with an aggregate score of 1-2.


 

This season, the results and the players have been described by Manchester United fans as "Disgraceful", "Pathetic" and "Embarrassing", with the only positive being the qualification for Europa League football next season rather than the less prestigious Conference League, which fans wanted to avoid at all cost. But with the excitement flowing around after the announcement of highly rated Ajax Manager Erik ten Hag as the next man to take command of the first team squad and the evident structural changes happening behind the scenes, the only way for Manchester United right now, is up.

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