Manchester United worst defeat to Liverpool: How Red Devils' loss compares

Manchester United lost 5-0 against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

That result goes down in history as United’s worst ever home defeat against their bitter rivals.

It is also United’s first home loss to nil by five goals or more since February 1955, when Manchester City won 5-0 at Old Trafford.

The result goes down as a dark day in United’s history, like City’s 6-1 win at the Theatre of Dreams during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, and the 6-1 to Spurs last season.

Historically bad day

United lost by five or more goals at home for only the tenth time in their entire history.

The game was 4-0 by half-time and it could have been worse in the second half once Paul Pogba was sent off.

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The stats tell the story of what an awful day this was for United but it is the feeling among the fans which really hits home.

United should not be losing by five goals at home to anyone, let alone their biggest rivals.

This is the second time in a little over a year that United have lost by five at home after the 6-1 loss to Tottenham last October.

The Liverpool performance was arguably even worse and stings more because of the identity of the opposition.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.