Underachieving Man Utd could learn from the club’s shoestring era – 100 years ago

By David Owen

If you were ransacking Manchester United’s illustrious history in search of clues to help the Premier League aristocrats out of their current trough of underperformance, the inter-war years are not the first place you would look. With only two trophies – the Championship and the FA Cup – to aim for, the Red Devils endured a major silverware drought between their second league title in 1911 and their second Cup 37 years later.

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