It’s crisis time at Old Trafford after a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham left the Red Devils with just three Premier League points from an available nine.
Jose Mourinho’s side followed up last week’s horrific loss to Brighton with an improved performance, though that is not saying much as they were still dismantled by a Spurs team far from their best.
Having narrowly defeated Leicester on the opening weekend, United’s record so far reads one win and two defeats from their opening three matches – making it the Old Trafford club’s worst start to a campaign in 26 years.
You have to go all the way back to the inaugural Premier League season of 1992/93 to find a worse start by United.
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In those historic days, the Red Devils lost both their opening games, and only managed to draw their third one, making it just one point from an available nine.
However, Dion Dublin scored an 88th minute winner at Southampton the following matchday to get United off and running, with Alex Ferguson’s men then going on to win the league by 10 points.
It was United’s first league championship in 26 years, and it started the Red Devils’ dominance of English football with eight of the next 11 Premier League titles ending up at Old Trafford.
In the short hours since the final whistle blew on Tottenham’s defeat of United, Mourinho has been backed to face the axe and the club’s title hopes have been written off.
However, there are still 105 points on offer, and United’s own history shows that writing someone off too early is a perilous and often foolish decision to make.