MANCHESTER UNITED have spent fewer days in the Premier League’s top four than Watford in a truly dreadful 2018-19 season.
The Red Devils got off to an appalling start under Jose Mourinho – with the Special One sacked in December.
While United enjoyed a mini-revival of sorts with “Ole at the wheel” – they’ve now embarked on their worst run in 57 years.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen seven defeats in his last nine matches having been given the job on a permanent basis.
Now United sit sixth in the Premier League and three points adrift of a top four place.
In truth, Solskjaer can count himself very lucky to still be in with a sniff with three games to play.
Only a series of embarrassing performances from Arsenal and Chelsea have kept United in the hunt.
But in truth, United have never been the favourites to bag a Champions League spot.
After all, they’ve spent just 26 days in the top four – behind Watford with 40.
United’s bitter rivals Liverpool lead the pack with 255 days in the Champions League places – above even Manchester City’s 245.
Days spent in Premier League top four (2018-19)
Liverpool – 255
Man City – 245
Chelsea – 190
Tottenham – 189
Arsenal – 72
Watford – 40
Man Utd – 26
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Chelsea (190), Tottenham (189) and Arsenal (72) are the other teams to have enjoyed more time in the top four than United.
Meanwhile, United have endured their worst Premier League season ever – at least, in terms of their finishing position compared to rivals City.
Pep Guardiola and Co lead the Old Trafford crew by 25 points with three games to play – the biggest margin in City’s history.
However, the noisy neighbours still have a long way to go to beat United’s record over City – at 47 days.