Friday 23 August 2019

10 times Manchester United have been humiliated in the FA Cup

FA Cup giant killings never come much bigger than those involving Manchester United, and as Daniel Matthews reveals, the Old Trafford club have experienced a fair few over their long history.

Bournemouth 2 Man Utd 0

Third round, January 1984

In one of the biggest FA Cup shocks of all time, third-division Bournemouth beat the holders thanks to goals from Milton Graham and Ian Thompson.

Their reward was a £200 bonus and a holiday that never materialised. Harry Redknapp, the Bournemouth manager, said: “It’s got to be the greatest day of my life, and I’m sure it’s the greatest day of all the players’ lives.”

Man Utd 0 Leeds 1

Third round, January 2010

Forty-two places separated the sides when they met at Old Trafford to rekindle one of English football’s fiercest rivalries. Jermaine Beckford’s goal midway through the first half was enough to decide it.

It was the first time in Sir Alex Ferguson’s 23 years in charge that United had lost in the third round of the FA Cup and the first time in this period they had been knocked out by a lower-division side.

Norwich 3 Man Utd 0

Third round, January 1959

In a season which saw Manchester United finish second in the top flight, third-division Norwich City secured one the biggest results in the club’s history.

At a snow-covered Carrow Road Terry Bly scored twice as United were humiliated. It was part of a fairy-tale Cup run for lowly Norwich who made it all the way to the semi-finals, before being beaten by Luton Town after a replay.

Man Utd 1 Norwich 2

Fourth round, February 1967

Eight years on from that famous victory at Carrow Road, Norwich City returned to haunt Manchester United. Against a star-studded home side featuring greats of the game George Best and Denis Law alongside World Cup winners Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles, Norwich progressed to the fifth round thanks to a goal from Don Heath and an own goal from Tony Dunne.

Man Utd 2 Sheff Wed 7

Fourth round replay, February 1961

After a 1-1 draw between these two first division sides, few could have predicted the one-sided nature of the replay at Old Trafford. Keith Ellis scored a 32-minute hat-trick, while John Fantham and Allan Finney both scored twice as Wednesday put seven past the Northern Ireland international Ronnie Briggs.

They failed to build on this amazing result, however, and were beaten by Burnley in the quarter-finals.

Burton Albion 0 Man Utd 0

Third round, January 2006

Nigel Clough’s Conference side more than held their own against a United team including Mikaël Silvestre, Wes Brown and Louis Saha, to earn a lucrative replay at Old Trafford.

Gerard Piqué escaped giving away a penalty for handball while Phil Bardsley twice cleared Burton headers off the line as United avoided further embarrassment before going on to win the replay.

Man Utd 3 Oldham 3 (aet)

Semi-final, April 1990

Second-division Oldham went ahead and came from behind twice to force a replay. They took the lead through Earl Barrett before Bryan Robson hauled United level.

Danny Wallace and Neil Webb looked to have won it, but twice Oldham dragged themselves back, through Ian Marshall and Roger Palmer. In the replay, after another 120 minutes, United won 2-1 on their way to lifting the Cup.

Carlisle 1 Man Utd 1

Third round, January 1978

Everything seemed to be going to plan for United when Lou Macari gave them a second minute lead at Carlisle. But the third-division side had other ideas and were level within six minutes thanks to a goal from Ian McDonald. It could have been worse for United after Brian Greenhoff was sent off shortly before half-time, but Carlisle could only a secure a replay which they lost 4-2.

Walsall 3 Man Utd 2

Third round replay, January 1975

Having secured a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, third-division Walsall shocked second-division Manchester United at Fellows Park thanks to a goal from Bernie Wright and a brace from Alan Buckley.

Gerry Daly’s 39th-minute penalty for United had cancelled out Wright’s opener and forced the game into extra time. But Buckley then scored twice to knock out Tommy Docherty’s promotion-winning side.

Middlesbrough 2 Man Utd 1

Third round replay, January 1971

After securing a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, second-division Middlesbrough overcame United to secure a famous giant killing at Ayresome Park.

Wilf McGuinness had been sacked as United manager shortly before the turn of the year and was replaced temporarily by Matt Busby in what proved to be a trophy-less season for United, in which they also missed out on European qualification.

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