Most fans of English football and the Premiership in particular would agree that Manchester United have certainly had their share of ‘Highs’ in the twelve seasons since the Premiership began ………. and what would be considered a ‘Low’ by Utd fans (such as finishing third behind Arsenal and Chelsea) would in fact be considered a significant ‘High’ by most other clubs!
Here are what I consider to be some of Manchester United’s major highs and lows since the inaugural Premiership season kicked off in 1992:
*** Highs ***
United have achieved the Premiership and F.A. Cup ‘double’ three times ……. in 1994, 1996 and in 1999.
They have won more Premiership games, won more points and suffered less defeats than any other team in the league.
Manchester United have scored the greatest number of goals overall since the Premiership began and in fact also hold the record for the most goals scored in a single season: 97 scored in 1999-2000.
United also hold the record for the highest number of goals in a Premiership game which they achieved in March 1995 with a 9-0 victory against Ipswich ……. a game where Andy Cole scored five of the goals.
*** Lows ***
One recent major low for Manchester United came at the end of the 2003-2004 season when they not only finished outside of the top two (a full fifteen points behind the winners Arsenal) but also equaled their lowest ever points total for a season.
How many can forget Frenchman Eric Cantona’s infamous flying kung fu attack on a fan at Crystal palace in 1995? His kick may have looked at home in a Bruce Lee film but it earned him an eight month suspension which many consider was a major factor in United losing the title that season to Blackburn Rovers.
In 2003 there were two major lows for Manchester United:
The first was David Beckham leaving to join Real Madrid. His £25 million transfer fee was good for the United coffers but not so good for the team as there was no suitable replacement waiting to step into his shoes.
The second was defender Rio Ferdinand, the record £30 million signing from Leeds United, being banned for eight months for missing a routine drugs test.