Manchester United’s difficulties date back much further than Solskjaer’s appointment, with the club unable to replicate the greatness of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign in the years since.

They have played 342 games in all competitions since his retirement, and the drop-off in their win-loss record compared to the equivalent period at the end of his time in charge is stark.

David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer have tried with varying degrees of difficulty to step out of Ferguson’s shadow at Manchester United, with club favourite Ryan Giggs having four games in caretaker charge.

While Van Gaal and Mourinho won silverware with the club, the managers since Ferguson have combined for 184 wins, 78 draws and 80 losses, compared to the Scot’s 231-61-50 record in his final 342 games.

Mourinho fares best, winning 83 of 144 games for a 57.6 per cent win ratio founded on a defence conceding just 0.84 goals per game.

Solskjaer’s 47.5 per cent is the lowest win ratio but the numbers in his caretaker spell – winning 73.7 per cent of games, scoring 2.11 goals per game and conceding 0.89 – stacked up well with latter-day Ferguson’s 67.5 per cent, 2.03 and 0.89.

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