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Ouch! Five epic Manchester United stinkers

Manchester United's season goes from bad to worse after suffering their 11th defeat of the campaign courtesy of a pitiful performance in Greece.

Here are a few of their greatest 'lowlights'.


Ipswich, under Bobby Robson, were one of the most dangerous sides in Europe in 1980 but even so, beating United 6-0 was an incredible result. United simply fell apart as Paul Mariner netted a hat-trick, Alan Brazil hit a double and Frans Thijssen also struck leaving Dave Sexton's players as red faced as their shirts. It could have been even worse; United goalkeeper Gary Bailey saved THREE penalties that day!

MAN UNITED 1 QPR 4 (1992)

New Year's Day, and there was a cracking atmosphere at Old Trafford – until Denis Bailey silenced the stadium with a stunning hat-trick. Andy Sinton had opened the scoring before Bailey took over. Brian McClair's goal wasn't much of a consolation. Alex Ferguson's men eventually lost the title race to Leeds.


In 1984 under Ron Atkinson, United lost in the FA Cup to third division Bournemouth. Eleven years later they fell to another third division side in a League Cup tie – at home. On the night Northern Ireland's Pat McGibbon made his United debut and was sent off, a Paul Barnes brace and Tony Barras goal wrapped up a spectacular win against opponents featuring a then unknown David Beckham.


The season before, United had come from 12 points behind Newcastle to win the title. This helped ease the Toon's pain. With Fergie's United awful, Kevin Keegan's side dominated and Alan Shearer, who had snubbed a summer move to Old Trafford in favour of the Magpies, scored along with Darren Peacock, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand and Phillipe Albert.


United's worst home defeat since 1955. Mario Balotelli gave the visitors a first half lead before Jonny Evans was sent off just after the break, allowing City to run riot. Balotelli and Sergio Aguero made it 3-0 and even though Darren Fletcher pulled a goal back, Edin Dzeko (2) and David Silva hit United for six. Fergie's would go on to lose the title to City on the final day of the season... on goal difference.

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