Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the worst win rate of any full-time Man Utd manager

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a massive summer ahead of him as Manchester United manager.

It was all sunshine and rainbows at Old Trafford when he was appointed permanent boss and Ed Woodward must have assumed that the good results would continue under his stewardship.

However, the Red Devils have devolved into the kind of form that saw David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho removed from their position at the club.

It would be premature to rip up the contract that Solskjaer has only just received, but fans are now starting to wonder whether making him their full-time manager was the right decision.

That's especially the case when their leading alternative Mauricio Pochettino has just lead Tottenham to a Champions League final without spending one penny in the last year. 

Solskjaer struggling at United

Nevertheless, the club are having to show their support for Solskjaer and will surely need to give him the type of transfer backing that Mourinho never received last summer.

Besides, recent results simply haven't been good enough and reports are surfacing that the United boss has threatened to sell any players who aren't up for the challenge.

United's torrid recent form has been well publicised and the contrast since Solskjaer's permanent appointment is difficult to ignore. It simply can't be a coincidence.

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Worst full-time win rate

If the Premier League began on the day he was given a three-year contract, United would find themselves in fifteenth and the loss to Cardiff City was particularly dire.

However, perhaps the statistic that's the most damning is that Solskjaer has the worst win rate of any permanent manager in their 141-year history.

The Norwegian has secured just two wins in ten games since taking on the job full-time, giving him a win rate of just 20%, which is far below the next worst record of Jack Robson.

Take a look at an abridged version of the list down below:

1. Sir Alex Ferguson (1986-2013) - 59.67%

2. Jose Mourinho (2016-2018) - 58.33%

3. Ernest Magnall (1903-1912) - 54.16%

4. David Moyes (2013-2014) - 52.94%

5. Louis van Gaal (2014-2016) - 52.43%

6. Matt Busby (1970-1971) - 52.38%

7. Matt Busby (1945-1969) - 50.45%

8. Ron Atkinson (1981-1986) - 50.00%


19. Wilf McGuinness (1969-1970) - 36.78%

20. Herbert Bamlett (1927-1931) - 31.15%

21. Lal Hilditch (1926-1927) - 30.30%

22. Jack Robson (1914-1921) - 29.50%

23. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (2019- ) - 20.00%

Considering there have been over 20 permanent managers and over one century of history, it doesn't make pretty reading for man currently in charge at Old Trafford.

Since his appointment during the international break, his win rate has dropped well below his predecessors with Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho all making the top five.

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However, it must be said that Solskjaer would come in third if all of his results were considered, but it's what he achieves on a permanent basis that really matters now.

And as far as those statistics are concerned, he falls behind United managers that led the club during the 19th Century and even through relegations.

If Solskjaer is to both survive in the job and bring United back to their glory days, he'll have to recoup the form that - since being given the keys to Old Trafford - has simply disappeared.

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