Manchester United's five worst defeats since Sir Alex Ferguson retired

There have been several embarrassing and soul-destroying performances by Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

But they have become the norm in the 2021/22 campaign and the Red Devils have shifted four goals or more on six different occasions in the Premier League this season.

With just one game left to be played of the current season, Manchester United have hit a new club low by amassing the fewest amount of points in a Premier League season and conceding the most goals in a campaign.

In what has been a season to forget, we take a look at Manchester United’s five worst defeats since Sir Alex retired at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

4-0 MK Dons

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Louis van Gaal hadn’t won either of his first two Premier League games in charge of Manchester United against Swansea and Sunderland.

The Dutchman would have been hoping to get off the mark with a win in the Carabao Cup second round against MK Dons in August 2014.

But the Red Devils were humbled 4-0 by the League One side who had a young Dele Alli dominating in midfield and Will Grigg up front putting United to the sword.

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The Netherlands boss selected a number of youngsters for the cup clash at the Stadium MK, with the likes of Marnick Vermijl, Michael Keane, Reece James, Saidy Janko and Nick Powell all starting.

Following a 0-0 draw at Burnley, it meant that Van Gaal was winless from his first four games as United boss, but following the September international break, he picked up his first win with a 4-0 win against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford.

4-0 Everton

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After taking over the reins on an interim basis, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer embarked on a dream run which was capped off by the famous comeback in Paris.

With 10 wins from his opening 12 Premier League games, the Norwegian had restored the feel-good factor to Old Trafford following the fallout of Jose Mourinho’s departure.

But with defeats starting to creep in and Manchester United knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League, the 2018/19 campaign finished on a whimper.

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The Reds still had a chance of securing Champions League football ahead of travelling to Goodison Park in April 2019.

But United were battered 4-0 by Marco Silva’s Toffees and Solskjaer’s side finished the season with no wins from the last five league games.

United rounded off the season with a 2-0 loss at the Theatre of Dreams against already relegated Cardiff City.

Nine of the starting line up that rolled over against Everton are still at the club (De Gea, Lindelof, Jones, Dalot, Fred, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Martial).

5-0 Liverpool

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Despite Cristiano Ronaldo keeping Manchester United’s Champions League last-16 hopes alive, cracks had started to form in United’s league form.

United welcomed Liverpool to Old Trafford in October 2020 off the back of three winless top-flight games and with just one clean sheet all season.

Jurgen Klopp’s men ran riot and were 4-0 up by half-time. The gulf in class was compounded when Paul Pogba who had only been on the pitch for 15 minutes was sent off.

Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick but United were let off the hook by a Liverpool side who took their foot off the gas when United were there for the taking.

This was the beginning of the end for the Norwegian.

4-1 Watford

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After being carved open at home by another of United’s fierce rivals Manchester City, the club decided against parting ways with Solskjaer during the November international break.

But the Norwegian’s tenure would come to an end following a 4-1 defeat at Watford.

Manchester United were 2-0 down at half-time and Solskjaer turned to Donny van de Beek who reduced the deficit five minutes into being introduced as a substitute.

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But the Red Devils hopes of salvaging a result took a big blow when club captain Harry Maguire received a second yellow card.

Claudio Ranieri’s Hornets scored two late goals and Solskjaer parted ways with his beloved Manchester United the following day.

The Norwegian had taken this group of players as far as he could and it was clear that his players no longer had the confidence that he was the man to carry the club forward.

4-0 Brighton

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Manchester United made it five consecutive defeats after being hammered 4-0 by Graham Potter’s Seagulls in Ralf Rangnick’s penultimate game as interim boss.

This wasn’t the Reds getting outplayed by Manchester City or Liverpool, this was Brighton & Hove Albion.

But United couldn’t contain the home side who had the freedom of the Amex Stadium. Cristiano Ronaldo cut an isolated figure, Moises Caicedo and Yves Bissouma dominated midfield, and Raphael Varane looked petrified of former Red Danny Welbeck.

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Rangnick’s men were made to look like a lower league team by Potter’s side.

Manchester United fans bellowed out ‘your not fit to wear the shirt’ which Bruno Fernandes had no arguments with.

United fans will be delighted that there is only one more game to endure before Erik ten Hag becomes the fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex retired to try and restore the world’s biggest club to its former glory.

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Passionate Football fan that completed a NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism in 2016.