Revealed: The Premier League teams with the most points accumulated since Alex Ferguson retired
Manchester United became to first team of the Premier League era to reach 2,000 points at the weekend – most of which will have been earned under the guidance of manager Alex Ferguson who retired at the end of their title-winning 2013/13 season. But who, you may be asking yourself, are the most successful clubs since the Scot hung up his hairdryer?
15. Sunderland: 134 points
Jermain Defoe has enjoyed a renaissance since returning to the Premier League following a brief spell in Toronto and his 33 goals in the competition have helped Sunderland avoid relegation while ensuring their place in the top 15.
14. Leicester City: 143 points
With one relegation, one league title and now another relegation battle on their hands, life has been anything but boring in the east Midlands since Ferguson retired. Of all the teams here Leicester have played the fewest number of games as one season was spent in the Championship.
13. Crystal Palace: 154 points
Both Yannick Bolasie and Alan Pardew may have have enjoyed their time together at Selhurst Park, but both have now moved on leaving behind them distant memories ... and a sackful of points making them the 13th most successful club in the post-Fergie Era™.
12. West Bromwich Albion: 160 points
Solid, dependable and workmanlike: three somewhat underwhelming adjectives that over the years have almost always been assigned to Tony Pulis's brand own particular brand of football. However, now sitting eighth in the table West Brom's 12th spot here highlights how far the club has progressed in recent times.
11. Swansea City: 169 points
For a time, it seemed, the small club from south Wales were the team that every football fan loved. Unless, of course, your club were playing them. However, despite playing attractive football – mainly under Garry Monk – Swansea have finished twice in the bottom half while in 2015 managed eighth spot, their highest ever finish in the Premier League era.
10. West Ham United: 181 points
In the all-time table that covers the top four divisions from 1888 through to the present day, West Ham languish in 64th spot just between Rochdale and Crewe Alexandra. Luckily for the east Londoners, though, they have fared significantly better in the past few years and are a creditable 10th out of 25 teams to have played in the Premier League since 2014/15.
9. Stoke City: 187 points
Since arriving in the Potteries in 2013 Mark Hughes has turned Stoke's fortunes around, sort of. After perennially finishing in the bottom half under predecessor Tony Pulis, Hughes's Stoke side are now regulars in the top half.
8. Everton: 207 points
The eighth most successful team in the Premier League since Ferguson managed his final game at Manchester United – largely due to their fifth-placed finish in 2014 – are seventh in the current table and will be hoping they don't slide down before the season ends.
7. Southampton: 209 points
After years in the relative wilderness, Southampton enjoyed a run of success between 2013-16 that saw them improve each year with eighth, seventh and sixth-placed finishes in the Premier League.
6. Manchester United: 248 points
United are now on their third full-time manager in the post-Ferguson era and have the sixth most points won since the Scot left – which also happens to be where they are right now under manager Jose Mourinho.
5. Tottenham Hotspur: 253 points
Ever since Harry Kane broke into the Spurs first-team in the 2014/15 season the club has consistently finished in the top five of the Premier League. As it stands they are second
4. Liverpool: 255 points
Despite finishing just once in the top four since Ferguson left United, Liverpool are fourth most successful club in the past four seasons – thanks largely to their second-placed finish in 2014.
3. Arsenal: 275 points
The north Londoners have not won the league title since 2004, but they have subsequently finished second, fourth, fourth, third, fourth, third, fourth, third, fourth, fourth, third and second which would explain why they are third here.
2. Chelsea: 279 points
Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest spending clubs in English football are the second most successful club on the post-Fergie Era™. But who, you may wonder, are top dogs?
1. Manchester City: 280 points
With one game in hand over every other Premier League team except Bournemouth – who have amassed just 68 points in two seasons – Manchester City top the table of Premier League points won since Ferguson quit United. Though surely a point of civic pride for City, winning just one league title during United's trophy drought may be considered wasteful by some.