It’s official: Louis van Gaal is Manchester United’s worst manager in 35 years.
The Dutchman’s future is in serious doubt after his side were beaten 2-1 by Danish minnows Midtjylland in the Europa League, marking a new low point in his managerial stint at Old Trafford.
The fans expressed their anger by singing:
Oh what a night,
Freezing cold on a Thursday night,
And we’re playing f*****g s***e,
What a feeling what a night.
And you can't blame the fans. Their club have already crashed out of a straightforward Champions League group and they are fifth in the Premier League, with an unrealistic chance of finishing in the top four.
Worst in 35 years
According to research done by The Sun, Thursday's loss means that Van Gaal’s win percentage of just 49.4% represents the worst since Dave Sexton took over the Red Devils in 1977.
When you take into consideration that Van Gaal has spent over £300 million since being appointed in July 2014, then you can really understand the frustration of the fans - the 64-year-old has won just 41 of his 83 matches in charge of the club.
Even former manager David Moyes had a better record than him during his ten months in charge - winning 52.94% of his matches.
In fact, Moyes’ reign was the second most successful - in terms of win percentage - since World War II.
Of course, topping the charts is Sir Alex Ferguson. He won 59.67% of matches whilst in charge of United, not to mention the 13 league titles, five FA Cups and two Champions Leagues.
Also ahead of Van Gaal on the list is Sir Matt Busby, who has the third-best percentage when it comes to picking up three points with 50.5%.
Busby took charge of United during two spells - 1945-1969 and 1970-1971 - managing 1,141 matches. He was also no stranger to silverware as a boss, lifting five first divisions, two FA Cups and one European Cup.
Next up is Van Gaal’s assistant manager Ryan Giggs who took charge of just four matches at the end of last season after Moyes was dismissed. It’s probably unfair to judge the Welshman on those four matches, but the fact he won two of those left him with a 50% win percentage and ahead of Van Gaal.
Even Ron Atkinson who managed the club from 1981 until 1986 had a better victory ratio than their current manager.
He managed to triumph in 146 matches of the 292 he took charge, also leaving him with a 50% win rate.
Atkinson’s side were never able to sustain a title challenge and he was ultimately replaced by Ferguson - but he was still more successful than Van Gaal in terms of winning matches.