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Manchester United have appointed Ralf Ragnick as their new interim manager after the club decided earlier this week to fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Fan favorite Solskjaer arrived at Old Trafford amid a whirlwind of nostalgia, but it soon emerged that the likable Norweigan was not the man who led the Red Devils back to the top of English football.

It has been almost nine years since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down from the game, a time that was both eventful and tumultuous as United battled for success in the post-Fergie era.

Man United have not managed to win the Premier League title since Fergie’s last season and their next appointment will be the fifth permanent manager tasked with following the Scot’s sizable footsteps.

After Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick were fired, we assessed each coach’s reign after Fergie Manchester United.

David Moyes

Moyes was named “The Chosen One” after being chosen by Ferguson to succeed him.

Moyes had been named LMA Manager of the Year three times while at Merseyside, which ensured that Everton exceeded expectations – including qualifying for the 2004/05 Champions League – despite being on a comparatively small budget for the leading teams the league operated.

After Moyes decided to remove most of Ferguson’s successful employees from Everton in favor of familiar faces, he struggled in the transfer market and saw anticipated deals for names like Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Gareth Bale fail.

His only summer signing was Marouane Fellaini from his former club, a player whose style divided opinions and who became a symbol of a failed regime.

Moyes failed to win over the older players in the dressing room and poor performance against the league’s top teams – United scored five out of a possible 24 points against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal – ended his reign after just 10 months.

Moyes has since rebuilt his reputation at Old Trafford, but he paid the price for a bad start as Ferguson’s successor.

It’s difficult to give Moyes less than a low score despite having less time than those who came after him in the hot seat.

Rating: 3/10

Louis van Gaal

United turned to fame with the appointment of Louis van Gaal in 2014’s appointment of Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal’s arrival saw the Red Devils board backing the new boss and investing a record UK transfer amount to sign Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, along with the new signings Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Victor Valdes and Radamel Falcao.

The investment secured United a place in the top four and returned to the Champions League, despite Van Gaal’s side being a huge 17-point deficit on champions Chelsea and the Dutchman’s pragmatism being widely criticized.

Di Maria faded from a brilliant start and joined PSG after just one season with a loss. In Van Gaal’s second season, United missed Champions League football for the second time in three seasons.

The 2017 FA Cup success – beating Crystal Palace in overtime at Wembley – was the high point of his reign, but he was sacked just two days after their victory over the Eagles when a high-profile replacement became available.

In his second season, the Red Devils scored just 49 league goals, the lowest since the 1989/90 season.

Rating: 4/10

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho was recognized by Ed Woodward as “best manager in the game” when he was appointed Manchester United in 2013 and has earned a valued reputation as a two-time Champions League winner.

Three league titles won in two terms at Chelsea – along with a host of honors across the continent – showed Mourinho was a man to deliver silver, his first season with a League Cup and a double the Europa League ended.

United backed the new coach with the world record signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus and contracts with players like Eric Bailey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Mourinho tried to build a squad capable of challenging the best in Europe.

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Despite adding the Community Shield to win three trophies in 12 months at Old Trafford, he hasn’t been able to significantly close the gap to the top Premier League teams as his first two seasons with a sixth place and a distant second place finish behind were runaway champions Manchester City.

Mourinho memorably declared the second of these league placements as one of his greatest football achievements – suggesting a lack of support – which marked the beginning of a poisonous end to his reign at Old Trafford.

He was fired in the middle of his third season after spending nearly £ 400m on new players who showed little progress.

With 26 points from their first 17 Premier League games, United was their worst record this season since 1990/91, while the club fell 11 points behind the top four.

As is often the case with Mourinho, his exit was spectacular when things turned sour, but the Portuguese coach brought the latest cutlery to Old Trafford and has the best win rate (58.33%) of any appointment after Ferguson.

Rating: 5.5 / 10

Five of the worst defeats in Jose Mourinho’s coaching career

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer’s reign ended after the embarrassing 4-1 defeat at Watford last weekend, a result that followed several home humiliations against Liverpool (5-0) and Manchester City (2-0).

The Norwegian was originally deployed to stabilize the ship after the toxicity that surrounded the end of the Mourinho era, starting with an eight-game winning streak as caretaker and winning 14 of its first 17 games.

This run convinced the Red Devils to hand over the reins to Solskjaer – at the highest level unproven – on a full-time basis, with the club icon overseeing steady, albeit unspectacular progress in the following seasons.

He led the Red Devils to consecutive top four finishes for the first time since Ferguson’s resignation, but missed the final hurdle with a string of semi-final and final defeats, including losing the 2021 Europa League final to Villarreal.

While improving the previously negative atmosphere around the club deserves credit, Solskjaer continually made mistakes that made him unsuitable for the role at Old Trafford.

His failure to implement a clear identity on the site for nearly three seasons was illuminating, while his refusal to rotate and make bold calls proved costly. Solskjaer left struggling Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the squad for the past few weeks, ignoring calls to give the overlooked Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard minutes, even in the face of a disastrous earnings performance.

Solskjaer’s continued reference to the Ferguson era also got boring, while in some sections the impression was given that the nine-life, 48-year-old became the Premier League cat equivalent and often found an outcome just as the pressure rose significantly.

After inheriting a squad that finished second last season, Solskjaer spent more money than any other Premier League manager without demonstrating a clear ideology or path to success.

Solskjaer may have been shown more benevolence for his club performance as a player, but despite all the positives he’s been leaving with no cutlery and after a miserable run lately, United have conceded 21 goals in 12 league games this season – with just that both bottom lights in Norwich and Newcastle cashed in more.

Not surprisingly compared to his Premier League counterparts, he was fired from the Red Devils who needed a new direction.

Rating: 4.5 / 10

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