Monday 24 October 2016

Can Man United win 19-0 and qualify for the Champions League? Here are 5 teams who managed it

Published 16/05/2016 | 16:13

Manchester United need to beat Bournemouth 19-0 on Tuesday night to snatch fourth place in the Barclays Premier League and a Champions League spot.

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Easy, right? Here are five reasons why rivals Manchester City, the team currently occupying fourth, ought to be quaking in their boots:

STIRLING 20 SELKIRK 0, Stirling, 1984

Stirling racked up one of the biggest domestic wins of the 20th century against part-timers Selkirk in the Scottish Cup first round at Annfield. Leading 5-0 at the interval, the hosts went on to net 15 after the break, with winger Davie Thompson finishing the match with seven goals. Selkirk player-boss Jackson Cockburn later admitted his attempt at a motivational half-time team talk had backfired: "In retrospect, I shouldn't have told them at half-time, 'if we don't get our fingers out, this might reach double figures'," he told the Scotsman.

ARBROATH 36 BON ACCORD 0, Arbroath, 1885

In another Scottish Cup first round romp, John Petrie helped himself to 13 goals as Arbroath thumped amateurs Bon Accord at Gayfield. The visitors' day started badly when they turned up without a kit, and it could have been even worse: five further Arbroath goals were disallowed. Home goalkeeper Jim Milne did not touch the ball through the entire game, and borrowed an umbrella from a friend in the crowd to keep dry. Bizarrely on the same day, Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers 35-0 just down the coast.

AUSTRALIA 31 AMERICAN SAMOA 0, Coffs Harbour, 2001

Already ranked the worst in the world by FIFA, American Samoa had another reason to fear their World Cup qualifier against Australia, after all but one of their original 20-man squad was deemed ineligible due to passport issues. "We are asking the Lord to keep the score down," said American Samoa coach Tunoa Lui before kick-off. The Lord was not listening. Australia cruised home with a then world record score - Archie Thompson scoring 13 times - and the American Samoa team's plight was subsequently chronicled in the award-winning documentary, 'Next Goal Wins'.

VANUATU 46 MICRONESIA 0, Port Moresby, 2015

Micronesia coach Stan Foster sought to put his side's Pacific Games hammering - coming just days after 30-0 and 38-0 losses to Tahiti and Fiji, into perspective. "Most of these kids have never been out of their villages let alone on to another island," explained Foster of his young side's star-struck performance in the spotlight. "I took them to Guam the other day [and it was] the first time they've been on an elevator or an escalator. It was a huge step up."

AS ADEMA 149 SO L'EMYRNE 0, Antananarivo, 2002

Everyone knows the Madagascar League is the place to go for goals. But even the supporters in Antananarivo will have been surprised by the world record scoreline in a Championship play-off game, in which visitors L'Emyrne, angered by refereeing decisions in a previous game, protested by scoring 149 own goals while the hosts stood idly by. Barring an unknown Bournemouth beef with officialdom at Old Trafford on Tuesday, this tactic is unlikely to come up trumps for LVG.

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