Jose Mourinho has won two Champions Leagues, eight league titles and 10 cup competitions.
So when, the day before Manchester United’s opening game of the season against Leicester in August, the then manager said he regarded finishing second in the previous campaign – 19 points behind champions Manchester City – as his greatest managerial achievement, few took him seriously.
Wind the clock forward nine months.
The gap to City has grown to 32 points. Mourinho is no longer United boss, sacked and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After a brief renaissance, they have slipped to sixth and failed to qualify for the Champions League for the third time in six seasons.