The 2018-2019 season appeared to be Manchester United’s 27th season in the Premier League. The team underwent some significant changes of people important to the club as their captain and managers. This season led to some not satisfying results. In other words, the team is not in its best shape thanks to some management turbulence.
Saying ‘Bye’ to captain Michael Carrick and assistant manager Rui Faria
The 2018-2019 season was the club’s first season without Michael Carrick. He was a captain of the team from 2005 to 2018 when he retired and became an assistant manager. Carrick and Kieran McKenna were invited to replace Rui Faria, who left the position of associate manager at the end of the 2017-2018 season.
These dramatic changes led to a weak season of the Red Devils. They finished sixth in the Premier League. They managed to reach the quatre finals of the FA Cup and the UEFA Championship League but couldn’t make it to a triumph in both competitions.
The team had to face two consecutive seasons without any victories, which hadn’t happened to them for 30 years. After a draw on 5, May 2019 Manchester United got a place in the 2019-2020 UEFA Europa League, which means that this would be their 4th consecutive year out of the top.
What led to the sacking of Jose Mourinho?
All the results mentioned above forced the decision-makers to sack Jose Mourinho on 18 December 2018. After all, his team had only seven wins out of 17. After Mourinho left the club, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was invited to be a caretaker manager of the team until the end of the season. The ex-coach Mike Phelan assisted him. Soskjaer appeared to have done some excellent job as he became the full –time manager of the team in March 2019.
Manchester United and the FA Cup during the 2018-2019 season
The Red Devils entered the FA Cup in the third round. The draw paired Manchester United with Reading. The Devils got relaxed when they saw the draw as they had won over Reading two seasons before that. Luckily, United managed to win the game with 2 – 0.
After the draw for the fourth round, Manchester United got paired with Arsenal. This draw brought some bitter memories to United who had lost with 2 – 1 the last time when they had met Arsenal at Old Trafford. However, this time, Manchester United had a blast and won with 3 – 1.
For the fifth round, the draw destined the Red Devils to play with Chelsea. What a coincidence after having met them for the previous finals! United also happened to win this match with 2 -0.
For the quarter-finals, the Red Devils had to play against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Unfortunately for Manchester United, this time the Wolverhampton Wanderers won with 2 – 1. This victory brought the Wolves to the semi-finals. The only consolation for Manchester United was Marcus Rashford’s goal. He managed to score the point in the 95th minute of the quarter-final game.