Tuesday 24 April 2018

Louis van Gaal's 10 most humiliating results as Manchester United manager

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks dejected
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks dejected

Where does Tuesday's disastrous defeat at Wolfsburg rank in Louis van Gaal's worst results since taking charge at Old Trafford? We sifted through the debris and came up with these 10 games Van Gaal would rather forget.

10. Manchester United 0 Newcastle 0, Aug 23, 2015

The first indication that Van Gaal's safety-first tactics might test the patience of United fans. A toothless display against a side who have subsequently been entrenched in the bottom three for the vast majority of the season, and whose defence went on to leak three goals to Leicester, five to Crystal Palace and six to Manchester City.

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Manchester United's Javier Hernandez and Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul after the final whistle

9. Manchester United 0 PSV 0, Nov 25, 2015

Old Trafford's atmosphere came dangerously close to boiling point in a wretched performance against PSV, and one which left the club's hopes of progressing to the Champions League knockout stage in severe jeopardy. Wayne Rooney was the lightning rod for most of the fury, with fresh question marks over his position in the team.

Manchester United's Anthony Martial failed to score against PSV in the Champions League on Wednesday.

8. Manchester United 0 West Brom 1, May 2, 2015

United slipped to their third straight defeat - the worst run since Dec 2001 - and third straight game without a goal, a run they had not endured since 2007, after Jonas Olsson deflected in Chris Brunt's free-kick at Old Trafford.

Mata (right) is chased by West Brom's Darren Fletcher during Saturday's match at Old Trafford

7. Cambridge 0 Manchester United 0, Jan 23, 2015

A full-strength United side were made to look distinctly average by Cambridge's League Two scrappers in the FA Cup fourth round. Van Gaal's side managed just six shots on target in the 90 minutes and were grateful for the hosts' Josh Coulson heading over from close range to spare them from further embarrassment.

Michael Carrick of Manchester United reacts as Cambridge United players celebrate

6. Manchester United 0 Middlesbrough 0, Oct 28, 2015

More cup embarrassment for Van Gaal, this time at the hands of Championship opposition in the League Cup. Having been frustrated over 120 minutes at Old Trafford, United completely lost their nerve in the penalty shoot-out, as Boro won 3-1 to close off one of Van Gaal's routes to silverware this season.

Wayne Rooney makes his way back to the centre circle asfter missing from the peanlty spot

5. Arsenal 3 Manchester United 0, Oct 4, 2015

United were obliterated in the first 20 minutes at the Emirates, as goals from Mesut Ozil and a double from Alexis Sanchez ended the game as a contest before the visitors even had a chance to draw breath. A midfield of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick simply did not have the legs to compete with hosts at the top of their game.

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Manchester United's Juan Mata in action with Arsenal's Nacho Monreal

4. Everton 3 Manchester United 0, April 26, 2015

Another dark day at Goodison Park for United, who had lost 2-0 at Everton on David Moyes' swansong the previous season. Goals from James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas sent United spiralling to defeat, and left Van Gaal questioning his players' attitude.

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James McCarthy celebrates scoring for Everton

3. Leicester 5 Manchester United 3, Sep 21, 2014

A day of unwanted records at the King Power Stadium. United were swamped after going into a 3-1 lead, conceding four goals in 28 minutes. It was the first time United had ever conceded four or more goals in a Premier League game against a newly-promoted team, and the first time they had lost after going into a two-goal lead in the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney, Tyler Blackett and Daley Blind show their irritation during Leicester's stunning comeback against Manchester United. Photo credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

2. Wolfsburg 3 Manchester United 2, Dec 8, 2015

A chaotic defeat in Germany sent Van Gaal spinning into the Europa League and shoved the Dutchman's tenure to a new low. The madness was encapsulated in the last 10 minutes, when United conceded a killer third goal just moments after equalising and Chris Smalling was deployed as a makeshift - and injured - centre-forward with Nick Powell in midfield.

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and goalkeeper David de Gea, from left, look dejected after Naldo scored Wolfsburg's third goal

1. MK Dons 4 Manchester United 0, Aug 24, 2014

This wasn't Van Gaal's first defeat as United manager - that came in his very first game against Swansea - but it was certainly the most humiliating. Braces from Will Grigg and Benik Afobe condemned United - whose starting XI boasted the likes of David de Gea, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Jonny Evans - to one of the worst results in their recent history.

Ryan Giggs shows his frustration along with the rest of the coaching staff during Manchester United's defeat to MK Dons. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images


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