In what is undeniably Manchester United’s most disappointing campaign this side of the millennium, the Red Devils remain in FIFA’s top five clubs based on coefficient points accumulated over the previous 5-year period.
Surprisingly, Manchester United have gained more points this season (26,357) than what they managed the previous two seasons (21,258 and 16,050) as a result of their success in Europe.
The recently sacked David Moyes struggled to galvanise his side in the Premier League, losing a record number of games at Old Trafford and ultimately failing to quality for the Champions League next season.
In Europe, however, Man United's form was surprisingly good as they only suffered two defeats – to Bayern Munich and Olympiakos - in ten matches.
It was their form in Europe which arguably kept Moyes in the job up until April, and big wins over Bayer Leverkusen and the 3-0 comeback victory over Olympiakos meant Man United performed well on a coefficient point-scoring basis – maintaining their fifth spot in the table.
Chelsea, on the other hand, remained in fourth spot following another positive year in Europe.
The Blues, guided by Jose Mourinho in his first year back in England, reached the semi-finals after navigating their way through tough knockout ties against Galatasary and Paris Saint-Germain.
Chelsea crashed out of the tournament at the semi-final stage to the impressive Atletico Madrid, but their run earned them 28,357 coefficient points, though this was short of the 30,285 amassed for winning the Europa League last season.
Whilst Chelsea have challenged well this season, it seems all-but certain that Mourinho’s men will end the year without a major trophy for the first time since 2011.
With a top striker expected to join next season, the West London outfit will be hopeful of adding to their impressive coefficient points tally and breaking into Europe’s top three.
Here is FIFA’s official top 10 based on points accumulated over the past five with this season’s score in brackets.
1. Real Madrid – 159,456 (37,514)
2. Barcelona – 157,456 (28,514)
3. Bayern Munich – 154,328 (29,942)
4. Chelsea – 140,949 (28,357)
5. Manchester United – 128,949 (26,357)
6. Benfica – 128,426 (29,950)
7. Atletico Madrid – 119,456 (37,514)
8. Valencia – 115,456 (26,514)
9. Arsenal – 112,949 (21,357)
10. Porto – 105,426 (17,950)