Manchester United have less points after 23 games of a Premier League season than in any other year – and are also on course for their worst goal tally.
Louis van Gaal and Manchester United were booed off the Old Trafford pitch after a 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday.
It was another low in a campaign littered with disappointments as Van Gaal’s grip on his job again comes into focus.
United’s tally of 37 points after 23 games is their worst ever in a Premier League season, while their goalscoring rate of 1.22 per game is also worst than any in history, with the 58 scored in 2004-05 (1.53 per game) the current low.
Here is a look at how the records of Van Gaal and his predecessor David Moyes compare, looking at United after 23 Premier League games of this season and Moyes’ 2013-14 campaign at the same stage.
United had three more points after 23 games under Moyes’ leadership, and he was sacked before the end of the season.
Moyes 13-14 v Van Gaal 15-16
Wins: 12 – 10
Draws: 4 – 7
Defeats: 7 – 6
Goals for: 38 – 28
Goals against: 27 – 21
Points: 40 – 37
Points adrift of top four: 6 – 5
Moyes: Negotiated the Champions League group stage, went on to reach the quarter-finals.
Van Gaal: Knocked out of the Champions League, about to embark on a Europa League campaign.
Moyes: Knocked out by Swansea in the third round.
Van Gaal: Scraped a third-round win against Sheffield United.