Since the start of World War 1, Manchester United have employed 19 different managers, all of whom enjoyed varying degrees of success. It will come as no great surprise to discover that the most successful manager over the past 100 years has been Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, readers may be taken aback to learn that in terms of winning matches, the next most successful manager in that period was the universally derided David Moyes.
The Scot’s win ratio of 52.94 was bettered only by Ferguson’s 59.67, with the club’s other great manager, Sir Matt Busby, recording a win rate of just 50.45 during his 24-year reign.
No sure what that proves, other the old adage about ‘lies, damned lies, and statistics‘ and perhaps, that until Ferguson came along, United, for all their self-aggrandising, were a distinctly average club.