Can Erik ten Hag succeed where other Manchester United managers have failed?

The Red Devils are still searching for consistency and a return to their former glories.

By Press Association Published: 21 April 2022 - 10.20am

Erik ten Hag will be the latest Manchester United manager to attempt to find success in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Ten Hag takes over at the end of the season after Ralf Rangnick’s spell as interim manager, with the club still searching for consistency and a return to their former glories.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the records of United’s managers since Ferguson retired in 2013.

David Moyes

David Moyes reacts to a Champions League exit against Bayern Munich during his spell with Manchester United
David Moyes lasted just 10 months of a six-year contract (Martin Rickett/PA)

Played 51: Won 27, Drew 9, Lost 15. Win rate: 53 per cent
Trophies: Community Shield, 2013

Took just one game to win a trophy, the Community Shield against Wigan, as Ferguson’s hand-picked successor. There was little else to celebrate, though, as he failed to even see out the first of the six seasons on his contract. He was sacked after 10 months, with Ryan Giggs finishing the campaign as caretaker manager. Moyes struggled in subsequent spells with Real Sociedad and Sunderland but the ex-Everton boss has rebuilt his reputation across two spells with West Ham.

Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal during the 2016 FA Cup final
Louis van Gaal signed off an otherwise disappointing spell with an FA Cup win (Nick Potts/PA)

P103: W54, D25, L24. Win rate: 52 per cent
Trophies: FA Cup, 2016

United’s previous Dutch boss never truly won over the Old Trafford faithful, even if his recent cancer diagnosis has brought an outpouring of affection. A dreadful winless start against Swansea, Sunderland, third-tier MK Dons and Burnley gave way to an improvement and Van Gaal signed off with an FA Cup win, beating Crystal Palace in extra time, but his win percentage was the lowest of the post-Ferguson era until Rangnick’s spell in charge.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho, centre, during his final game in charge against Liverpool
Jose Mourinho, centre, during his final game in charge against Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA)

P144: W84, D32, L28. Win rate: 58 per cent
Trophies: Europa League 2017, League Cup 2017, Community Shield 2016

By win percentage and trophy haul, Mourinho is United’s most successful manager since Ferguson – successful in 58 per cent of his games, with a runner-up finish in the league, and adding a League Cup and Europa League double in 2016-17 having emulated Moyes by winning the Community Shield in his first game. His, though, was an erratic and ill-tempered spell, with a defensive style of play and fallings-out with players leaving the fans cold.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

P167: W91, D37, L39. Win rate: 54 per cent
Trophies: None

The much-loved former United striker proved almost the inverse of his predecessor, with a fluid and attacking style of play but inconsistent results on the field. A stunning spell as caretaker, winning 14 games out of 19 after replacing Mourinho, deservedly earned him the job on a permanent basis but he came nowhere near emulating that 74 per cent win rate from then on. He left his job in November after United won just three of his last 10 games and conceded 15 goals in the last six, the first United manager since Frank O’Farrell in the early 1970s not to add to the club’s trophy cabinet.

Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick, centre, during the Premier League game against Watford
Ralf Rangnick took the reins on a temporary basis (Nick Potts/PA)

P24: W10, D9, L5. Win rate: 41 per cent
Trophies: None

Michael Carrick’s three games as caretaker before the appointment of an interim manager were a curious interlude. Rangnick was tasked with seeing out this season before moving into a consultancy role with the club and began with five games unbeaten, but while United have lost only five games under his stewardship, they have drawn far too many – including one against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup which led to a disappointing exit on penalties.

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