I’m going to give you a little history lesson behind Manchester United’s success. Since the renaming of the club in 1902, Manchester United has only had three managers that I would consider to be successful in the matter of silverware and victories. The three managers are Ernest Mangnall, Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson. Each of these three managers has seen a winning percentage exceeding 50 percent along with a number of trophies won by the club during their tenures. These three managers were absolutely competent in managing the game and were completely confident in their team and their club’s capabilities.
The first manager, Mangnall, managed United from 1903 to 1912 and in that span, Mangnall achieved two division titles, an FA Cup and two Charity Shields. Out of 373 appearances, Mangnall won 202 and saw a winning percentage of 54.16 — quite impressive being that the previous managers were less than satisfactory.
The second manager, Busby, is the second most successful manager in Manchester United history. Although Busby only achieved a 50.45 winning percentage, Busby brought in plenty of silverware for the club. Five division titles, two FA Cups, five Charity Shields and a European Cup are Busby’s impressive accomplishments.
The third and ever so legendary icon at Old Trafford is Ferguson. Ferguson was and is the most successful manager at United and in the English Premier League. From 1986 to 2013, Ferguson appeared in 1,500 matches, winning 895 and almost 60 percent of those matches. Ferguson brought in the most silverware to the club, with 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, ten Community Shields, two UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one International Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. Ferguson was also known to be a smooth and confident manager who walked all over inferior clubs.
This season, Manchester United will have the services of another confident and competent manager known for turning clubs into champions, Louis Van Gaal. Van Gaal has already shown his domineering ways and self-confidence in the offseason for the Red Devils. Van Gaal has already shown that if you’re not fit to play, there will be no hesitation to replace. Last Season, Manchester United experienced a manager that was not up to snuff and was a complete mistake from the beginning. Van Gaal has managed top tier teams since 1997, starting with Ajax and continuing with FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Van Gaal’s self-belief and confidence are exactly what United needs this season and the manager’s confidence will project onto the team. If Van Gaal’s history is any precursor to United’s success this season, United could be sitting at the top of the table come the end of the season.