Manchester United fans are already facing up to the reality that their team is a fading force in the Premier League, following the recent retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer.

David Moyes has endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford, with the reigning champions way down in eighth place in the table, with 11 points from their opening eight games.

But, if Red Devils supporters thought that was bad enough, things are set to get even worse, at least if the alarming resemblance between this season's shock events, and those of the 1921/22 relegation campaign, are anything to go by.

The Daily Star reports how 93 years ago, Manchester United were relegated from the top division, the same season they first appointed a Scot as first-team manager, and spent the next three years in the second tier, before winning promotion as Division Two runners-up in 1925.

Worryingly, in their relegation season, Manchester United were also beaten 4-1 away by rivals Manchester City, lost by one goal against Liverpool and held to a goalless draw with Chelsea.

A home defeat by one goal to West Brom is also mirrored in 1921/22 and 2013/14, as is the fact the club's eighth game ended in a 1-1 draw, with the most recent result coming at home against Southampton.

Fans will be hoping that's where the similarity ends, as the Manchester United squad aims to get the defence of their Premier League title back on track, as opposed to looking precariously over their shoulders, at the other end of the table between now and the end of the season.

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