Ranking Manchester United's Worst-Ever Seasons

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Ranking Manchester United's Worst-Ever Seasons
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Manchester United are a team whose name is synonymous with success, but there have been a few bad seasons over the decades, and one truly horrendous one.

The 1957-58 season, where football became a footnote to the tragic loss of an entire team, is undoubtedly the worst in United's history. But where do the rest of the bad seasons rank?

Worst is, of course, a relative term. Ranking the least successful in a quantitative way would be a simple affair—plot a graph of United's league finishes, take into account any cup success and chose the lowest finishes.

However, that would leave no room to consider the crushing disappointments, the near misses and the agony of watching your arch-rivals win the league with the last kick of the season. With that in mind, here is a more subjective list—a combination of those seasons when United failed disastrously, and those where success was so close, yet so far.

2013-14 has been excluded from consideration in case United pull off some sort of footballing miracle and go on to win the Champions League.

Special mentions go to the 1994-95 season, which saw a Jack Walker-funded Blackburn Rovers propelled by Alan Shearer to a single point victory over United, and the malaise of the 2005-6 season, which featured a tepid performance in the group stages of the Champions League and the implosion of the relationship between Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane.

Neither of those made the cut. Here are the five that did.

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