Sir Alex Ferguson’s United career in numbers

By at 5:50 pm 05/09/2012

Over 1000 league games the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson has managed a win percentage of 60%, a number that is all the more impressive considering the length of time he has spent at United. Winning consistently through so many changes to the game is so much more impressive than winning in only one era. It takes a rare genius to adapt through so many changes and come out better for it.

Here’s a look at the winning percentage of Sir Alex Ferguson over his almost 26 years in charge of Manchester United. The years where we won the title are in bold.

Year: Win % [wins/games played]

1986-87: 37.9% [11/29 *]

1987-88: 57.5% [23/40]

1988-89: 34.2% [13/38]

1989-90: 34.2% [13/38]

1990-91: 42.1% [16/38]

1991-92: 50.0% [21/42]

We won 97 out of 225 games during the years before our first title with Sir Alex as manager,  with a modest 43.1% win ratio.

1992-93: 57.1% [24/42]

1993-94: 64.3% [27/42]

1994-95: 64.3% [27/42]

1995-96: 65.8% [25/38]

1996-97: 55.3% [21/38]

1997-98: 60.5% [23/38]

1998-99: 57.9% [22/38]

1999-2000: 73.7% [28/38]

2000-01: 63.2% [24/38]

2001-02: 63.2% [24/38]

2002-03: 65.8% [25/38]

2003-04: 60.5% [23/38]

2004-05: 57.9% 22/38]

2005-06: 65.8% [25/38]

2006-07: 73.7% [28/38]

2007-08: 71.1% [27/38]

2008-09: 73.7% [28/38]

2009-10: 71.1% [27/38]

2010-11: 60.5% [23/38]

2011-12: 73.7% [28/38]

*Sir Alex Ferguson took over on November 6th, 1986, 13 games into the league season.

From Sir Alex’s first English league title in 1992-93 until 2012, United have won 501 of the 772 games played – a winning ratio of 64.9%.

And for those who think we’ve gone downhill since Mike Phelan became assistant manager, our win percentage since his promotion is 69.8%. Though I’ll agree the man looks terrible in shorts.

For Manchester United supporters I think it’s almost impossible to appreciate this incredible legacy of a man whose accomplishments as a manager stand up to any other in history.  He is the true definition of a living legend, and Manchester United will live on with the imprint of this great man forever upon us.



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