‘A quagmire of mediocrity’ – how bad could it get for Man United?

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This is the worst Man Utd team in years – ShearerIt is Manchester United’s worst start to a season for 30 years. The club are 12th in the Premier League, with nine points from eight games. They have not won away from Old Trafford in domestic competition since February and have failed to score more than one goal in any game since the 4-0 opening-day hammering of Chelsea.United will spend the next two weeks sitting an uncomfortable two points above the relegation zone.Next up are arch rivals and Premier League leaders Liverpool, who require one more victory to equal Manchester City’s record 18 Premier League wins in a row.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is putting on a brave face and only last month, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said patience was required as the club tried to recapture past glories.But as striker Marcus Rashford tweeted on Monday, there is no hiding in football. So is Solskjaer really safe? Will Woodward stick with this current position and give the Norwegian time? And even if he does, is there any sign United’s miserable season is going to get any better?Man Utd displays unacceptable – De GeaMore sorry statisticsSolskjaer was given the job of replacing Jose Mourinho on a permanent basis on 28 March.He had lost one of his first 17 games in temporary charge and had a win percentage of 82.35%.Fast forward seven months and the backdrop could not be much more bleak. A total of 14 points from their past 15 games is better only than Southampton (13), Brighton (12) and Watford (10) of the 14 clubs who have been in the Premier League throughout his time in charge.Solskjaer’s win ratio now is 47.5% – the worst of any United manager since Dave Sexton, who was in charge from 1977-81.United are two points above the relegation zone. It is unlikely, but not impossible, they could be in it after the ninth round of matches has been completed. The last time they were in the bottom three after more than a single game was 1992-93, when they were 20th (out of 22) after three matches. They went on to win the title that season. No-one is seriously contemplating that outcome at the end of this campaign.United have not won away from home in the Premier League since they beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on 27 Febr

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