Wednesday 13 December 2017

Five of the worst ever Manchester United teams

Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal shows his dejection defeat to MK Dons during the Capital One Cup Second Round match at Stadium:mk
Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal shows his dejection defeat to MK Dons during the Capital One Cup Second Round match at Stadium:mk

Last night's highly embarrassing defeat to the MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round was another blow for suffering Manchester United fans.

Here are five United teams that fans would rather forget.

1. 1930-31

Arguably the worst team in the club’s history, with Herbert Bamlett’s squad suffering relegation from the top flight after losing its first 12 league games of the season.

United finished at the foot of the old First Division, winning just seven of 42 league games, in a campaign which saw them suffer a 7-0 defeat to Aston Villa, 6-0 against Huddersfield and lose by five clear goals to Leeds and Derby.

2.  1933-34

Scott Duncan’s team avoided relegation to the third tier of English football by just point as United finished in the club’s lowest-ever league position -- third bottom of old Division Two.

Bradford Park Avenue inflicted 6-1 and 4-0 defeats on United, who were knocked out of the FA Cup at the third round stage by Portsmouth.

3. 1973-74

Having been European champions just six years earlier, United were relegated to the Second Division for the first time since World War Two with Denis Law’s back-heeled goal for Manchester City confirming relegation in a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

Tommy Docherty’s team won just ten of 42 league games on their way to relegation.

4. 1980-81

Dave Sexton lost his job as manager at the end of a campaign which saw United finish eighth in the old First Division.

United entered three cup competitions, winning just one game as they suffered early exits in all three and that failure, combined with Sexton’s sterile football, led to the axe being wielded.

5. 1989-90

Alex Ferguson’s went into the new year just two points above the relegation zone, with crowds plummeting to 33,000 for the home defeat against Crystal Palace.

Fans turned on Ferguson with banners calling for him to go, but a Mark Robins winner in an FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest turned the tide and United stayed and won the cup to hand the manager his first trophy.

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