Man United’s 10 worst performances of the post-Ferguson era

Hard to narrow it down to 10, tbh.


Manchester United’s meek defeat at the hands of West Ham was the latest in a long line of pathetic results since Alex Ferguson stepped aside in 2013.

United have been regularly embarrassed home and away since Ferguson called it a day on his 26-year United career, so we’ve compiled a list of their worst results.

Spoiler alert – Sunday’s defeat didn’t make the cut.

10) Manchester United 2-2 Fulham – 2014

United fans had endured a turbulent start to 2014, going out of both the FA Cup and League in the space of a few short weeks at home to Swansea and Sunderland respectively, and suffering a smattering of damaging league defeats to boot.

However, they could at least take solace that they welcomed a Fulham side who had lost four games on the spin and seemed destined for the drop at the beginning of February.

United’s tactic of repeatedly crossing the ball – 81 times to be exact – didn’t bear fruit and they only held a slender one-goal lead in injury time. Step up Darren Bent to head home a rebound in the 95th minute and start to bring the curtain down on David Moyes’ United tenure.

David Moyes

9) Huddersfield 1-1 Manchester United – 2019

A result that gets more embarrassing with every passing week. Huddersfield Town have picked up seven points from their last 32 league games, winning one and drawing four.

One of those draws was against Manchester United. To make it worse, United were still in the hunt for a Champions League place.

To make it even worse still, Huddersfield had lost their last eight league games prior to the meeting with United.

8) Manchester United 1-2 Sevilla – 2018

After Jose Mourinho had sh*thoused his way to a 0-0 draw in Spain, United fans were nervous about the return leg in Manchester. United were susceptible to conceding a costly away goal as they pressed for a winner which would put them out of the Champions League.

That fear was half true. United were indeed susceptible to conceding an away goal, two of them in fact, but at no stage did they press for a winner against one of the worst sides left in the draw.

An embarrassing performance that got exactly what it deserved.

7) Stoke 2-0 Manchester United – 2015

Often forgotten in the catalogue of embarrassing United results, the defeat to Stoke on Boxing Day 2015 ranks right up there.

United were abysmal as goals from Bojan and Marko Arnautovic consigned United to a third consecutive defeat in the league and their fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

The defeat marked a low point in the Van Gaal era as United went through the entire month of December without a win. They were also dumped out of the Champions League at the first hurdle at the beginning of the month.

6) Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United – 2016

Jose Mourinho’s first game against Chelsea as manager of Manchester United went about as well as his last season in charge of either club did.

United had enjoyed a tepid start to life under Mourinho but this defeat set them back a long way.

It got off to the worst possible start when Pedro netted after 30 seconds, before goals from Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante compounded United’s misery.

Even though Kante is one of the best midfielders of his generation, questions have to be asked of a defence which allows him to dribble through them like he was Messi playing against a non-league side.

5) Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United – 2013

United fans were hopeful that life after Ferguson would not be too bad after a fairly reasonable start to the 2013/14 league season. They hammered Swansea with conviction on the opening day before drawing at home to Chelsea and narrowly losing to Liverpool in Anfield.

A simple win over Palace followed at Old Trafford and United fans had half convinced themselves that things might not be so different under David Moyes. Defeat at the hands of City a week later gave them the rude awakening they needed.

City ripped United apart from the get-go and the gulf in class between the two Manchester clubs was evident. The only consolation for United fans was a spectacular Wayne Rooney free kick three minutes from time.

David Moyes Wayne Rooney

4) Manchester United 1-2 West Brom – 2013

A week after that City game, United fans really saw how far they had slipped since Ferguson called it a day.

The easy manner in which Morgan Amalfitano strolled through United’s defence to score Albion’s first was a sign of things to come for United under Moyes and the worst thing was that West Brom were unlucky not to win by more.

Prior to this game, West Brom had not won at Old Trafford since 1978. United have now lost to them at home three times in their last five games.

3) MK Dons 4-0 Manchester United – 2014

Louis Van Gaal got his United tenure off to the worst possible start by collecting two points from his opening three games. In the middle of all of that, his side were torn apart by League One MK Dons in the League Cup.

The game was probably the beginning of the end for Angel Di Maria who had just signed for the Red Devils and surely asked himself what had he gotten himself into.

That Benik Afobe managed to put two past United should be a source of personal shame for Van Gaal.

Louis van Gaal Angel Di Maria

2) Everton 4-0 Manchester United – 2019

It could be argued that United deserved to lose this 10-0 simply because they decided to wear a pink away strip against an Everton side who were blue in what was clearly a marketing ploy.

United were insipid and were ripped apart by Everton and the sight of an over-the-hill Theo Walcott gleefully adding the Toffees’ fourth was the salt in the wounds for United fans.

It was the 85th minute before United managed a shot on target. The low point of Solskjaer’s United career – and that’s saying something.

1) Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool – 2014

The absolute nadir of the post-Ferguson era. Liverpool came to Old Trafford as their title bid built up a head of steam. This was United’s last chance to halt Liverpool in their tracks.

What followed was the most abject United performance in recent memory.

They conceded three penalties and gave Luis Suarez the freedom of Old Trafford as Liverpool romped to the easiest victory anyone has ever enjoyed at Old Trafford.

They might have beaten United 4-1 under Ferguson, but this was infinitely worse in every other department.

Man Utd are 2/5 to finish outside the Premier League top 4 in 2019-20

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