Friday 13 December 2019

Manchester United's top 10 most humiliating Premier League defeats

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (L), Adnan Januzaj (C) and Robin Van Persie react during their English Premier League soccer match against Leicester City at the King Power stadium in Leicester
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (L), Adnan Januzaj (C) and Robin Van Persie react during their English Premier League soccer match against Leicester City at the King Power stadium in Leicester

Louis van Gaal's side were embarrassed by Leicester yesterday but where does it rank among their worst Premier League defeats.

1. 23 Oct 2011, Man Utd 1-6 Man City

Manchester United's heaviest home defeat for 56 years and the first time they had conceded six goals at Old Trafford since 1930. Mario Balotelli started the rout and United collapsed at the end, conceding three goals in the last few minutes. City went on to win the title.

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in October, 2011.

2. 20 Oct 1996, Newcastle 5-0 Man Utd

Kevin Keegan's revenge for losing the title the previous season. Newcastle were brilliant as Darren Peacock, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer and Phillipe Albert scored - the Belgian with a memorable lob over Peter Schmeichel.

3. 26 Oct 1996, Southampton 6-3 Man Utd

"What's the difference between Peter Schmeichel and a taxi driver? A taxi driver only lets in five at a time." Only six days after the shellacking at Newcastle, United were thumped again down at the Dell. The 3-1 defeat at Southampton in April 1996 could have made this list, as United trudged off the field 3-0 down at half-time and Sir Alex Ferguson blamed the team's grey shirts. But this game does make our top 10, Egil Ostenstad scoring a hat-trick, Roy Keane being sent off and Matthew Le Tissier chipping Schmeichel. United did at least go on to win the league.

4. 3 Oct 2000, Chelsea 5-0 Man Utd

United had gone 29 games without defeat but lost at their then bogey team 5-0. Gus Poyet scored after 27 seconds, Massimo Taibi made a customary howler and Chris Sutton scored one of his few Premiership goals for the Blues.

5. 21 Sep 2014, Leicester City 5-3 Man Utd

United were cruising at 2-0, they were cruising at 3-1. Then referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a dubious penalty to the Foxes and Louis van Gaal's world fell apart. This was the first time for 30 years that United had lost having led by two goals, as Jamie Vardy ran their makeshift defence and Leonardo Ulloa scored twice.

Leonardo Ulloa celebrates scoring for Leicester against Manchester United

6. 16 Mar 2014, Man Utd 0-3 Liverpool

Arguably the nadir of David Moyes's dismal reign, and that's saying something. The scoreline might not be as dramatic as others in the list but it could have been - Liverpool had countless chances to add more as Brendan Rodgers' team exerted total dominance at Old Trafford from minute one to 90. A month later, Moyes was gone, not before United had lost at home to Man City, also 3-0.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring his second penalty against Manchester United

7. 29 Oct 2005, Middlesbrough 1-4 Man Utd

The match that eventually led to the departure of captain Roy Keane. He missed this game but didn't miss the opportunity to give his team-mates a good kicking on MUTV afterwards, for which he himself was kicked out of the club by Ferguson. United were truly abysmal as a Gaizka Mendieta-inspired Boro tore them apart, the Spaniard scoring twice and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Yakubu adding the others.

8. 14 Mar 2009, Man Utd 1-4 Liverpool

Defeats to your fiercest rivals are always the most painful, not least in the midst of a fractious title race. Two months after showing off his famous "facts" dossier, Rafael Benitez proved he was pretty good at tactics too, as Fernando Torres gave Nemanja Vidic the runaround. United went on to win the league, but it was stained by this defeat.
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring the first of his side’s goals in the 4-1 rout of Manchester United at Old Trafford yesterday

9. 14 Mar 2004, Man City 4-1 Man Utd

No, not the 4-1 from last season, which came as no surprise to anyone. This result was 10 years old but is still remembered fondly by the blue half of Manchester. United had been knocked out of the Champions League a few days earlier and were more or less knocked out of the Premiership title race by this game. That Liverpool hero Robbie Fowler opened the scoring made it even more miserable for the away fans.

10. 1 Jan 1996, Tottenham 4-1 Man Utd

Remembered by United fans as the William Prunier game. United had lost several defenders to injury over the Christmas period and Ferguson, desperate for replacements, had been advised by Eric Cantona to sign the French centre-half. This was one of only two games he played, but his performance was so bad that he still makes it into most "worst Manchester United XIs of all time". Spurs couldn't believe their luck, Chris Armstrong taking full advantage with two goals.

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