Newcastle United vs. Manchester United: Remembering United's 10 Worst Defeats

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentApril 4, 2014

Newcastle United vs. Manchester United: Remembering United's 10 Worst Defeats

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    Manchester United's history is littered with spectacular successes.

    But they've also experienced their fair share of disappointments.

    Just as they have inflicted humiliating defeats on their rivals, they have also been on the end of some heavy ones themselves.

    And, on the eve of United's visit to Newcastle—the scene of one of their worst days—here's a list of some of their most notable losses.

    Feel free to use the comments section below to agree, disagree and add your own.

10. Liverpool (March 2009)

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    Heavy defeats are always harder to take when it's inflicted by one of your fiercest rivals. And, in March 2009, Liverpool won 4-1 at Old Trafford. 

    Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard, Fabio Aurelio and Andrea Dossena scored for Liverpool while United had Nemanja Vidic sent off.

    Thankfully for Sir Alex Ferguson's team it didn't matter in the long run, as United went on to beat Liverpool to the Premier League title.

9. Manchester City (September 2013)

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    David Moyes had a good record against Manchester City while in charge of Everton.

    But that counted for nothing in his first derby as United manager. 

    Manuel Pellegrini's City were 4-0 up before there was an hour on the clock.

    Luckily for Moyes, the only change to the scoreline in the final 30 minutes was Wayne Rooney's late consolation to make the final score 4-1.

8. Barcelona (November 1994)

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    United were still new to the Champions League in 1994. And at the Nou Camp they found out just how tough a competition it is.

    The limit on foreign players in Europe meant United had to leave Peter Schmeichel in the stands, where he watched reserve goalkeeper Gary Walsh beaten by Hristo Stoichkov twice, Romario and Albert Ferrer in a 4-0 defeat.

    United finished third in their group and failed to qualify for the knockout rounds.

7. Chelsea (October 1999)

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    United travelled to Stamford Bridge in October 1999 as the reigning Premier League and European champions.

    But Gus Poyet put Chelsea 1-0 up inside the first minute and it unravelled from there. 

    It was already 2-0—thanks to Chris Sutton's only Premier League goal for Chelsea—when Nicky Butt was sent off in the 23rd minute and they went on to score three more to complete a 5-0 rout.

6. Newcastle (October 1996)

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    United had beaten Newcastle 4-0 at Wembley in the 1996 Charity Shield at Wembley.

    But Newcastle got their revenge in the Premier League game at St James' Park in October. Darren Peacock, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer put Newcastle 4-0 up.

    But United's day was summed up by Philippe Albert's impudent chip over Peter Schmeichel to make it 5-0 and cap a miserable day.

5. Southampton (October 1996)

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    Southampton were usually United's whipping boys. But not on October 26, 1996.

    Still reeling from the 5-0 defeat at Newcastle, United were beaten 6-3 at The Dell. 

    Roy Keane was sent off after 20 minutes but United still managed to find the net three times through David Beckham, David May and Paul Scholes.

    But Southampton put six past Peter Schmeichel thanks in large part to a hat-trick from Egil Ostenstad. 

4. Arsenal (May 2002)

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    It wasn't that United were humiliated by Arsenal at Old Trafford in May 2002, it was more what the result represented.

    Sylvain Wiltord's goal after 57 minutes to earn a 1-0 victory was enough to win the title for Arsene Wenger's side.

    And the sight of Arsenal celebrating on the Old Trafford pitch in front of their travelling fans is a memory that few United fans will ever forget.

3. Manchester City (September 1989)

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    Sir Alex Ferguson was still more than seven months away from his first trophy as United manager when he suffered a damaging 5-1 defeat at Maine Road in September 1989.

    City had only been promoted into the First Division the previous summer but they destroyed United in the first derby of the season.

    At the time, it added to the doubts that Ferguson was the right man for the top job at Old Trafford.

2. Manchester City (April 1974)

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    Manchester City have scored bigger blows at Old Trafford than on April 27, 1974.

    But in terms of the repercussions, there have been few bigger derby defeats.

    History remembers the game as the day Denis Law, a former United star, backheeled his old club into the Second Division as City's 1-0 win condemned United to relegation.

    Law immediately walked off the pitch in a stunned daze, although it turned out United would still have gone down without his intervention.

1. Manchester City (October 2011)

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    If it wasn't bad enough that Manchester City swept into Old Trafford and humiliated United, those goals ended up winning Roberto Mancini's team the Premier League title.

    It might have been different if Jonny Evans hadn't been sent off shortly after half-time. 

    But with an extra man, City destroyed United in the second-half, scoring three times in the final minutes to run out 6-1 winners.

    It helped City win the title on goal difference later that season.