Liverpool humiliated Manchester United over the weekend, scoring seven goals to record their biggest win over their old rivals.
Erik ten Hag won his first trophy at Old Trafford last month, defeating Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final. After his sluggish players were dismantled yesterday, he probably wishes the sponsors had given him a crate of energy drinks along with the gong.
Following United’s historic thrashing, we look at the Premier League’s biggest defeats.
United fans can take solace in the fact that they were the first team in Premier League history to win by nine goals. Andy Cole tearing through the Tractor Boys defense and scoring five times will live long in the memory.
Midfield legends Roy Keane and Paul Ince also scored, while Welsh wizard Mark Hughes netted twice.
Ipswich were relegated, but they did win the rematch at Portman Road, which was a significant result as United finished just a point behind an Alan Shearer-inspired Blackburn to miss out on the title.
Southampton 0-9 Leicester (October 25, 2019)
Southampton is the only team in the Premier League to have suffered two 9-0 thrashings. Early goals from Ben Chilwell and Youri Tielemans were followed by an Ayoze Perez double and a Jamie Vardy effort to make it 5-0 at the break.
Saints fans pleaded for mercy, but the Foxes ignored them, as Vardy and Perez both completed hat-tricks, and James Maddison added one of his own.
Vardy’s penalty in the 94th minute tied Manchester United’s record scoreline, giving the English forward a four-goal haul.
Manchester United 9-0 Southampton (February 2, 2021)
Another nine-goal thrashing cemented United’s reputation as England’s best flat-track bullies. Only a season after being mauled by the Foxes, the Saints fell victim to hungrier opposition.
Amazingly, Anthony Martial was the only player to score more than once, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, and Daniel James all scored.
The Saints’ defense had a miserable day, capped by Jan Bednarek’s own goal, as away fans marched out of Old Trafford with their heads in their hands.
Liverpool 9-0 Bournemouth (August 27, 2022)
Liverpool showed no signs of the struggles that would later derail their 2022-23 campaign with a resounding win on another humbling day for the South Coast.
Picked apart from the start, the Cherries were two goals down after six minutes, courtesy of Luis Diaz and Harvey Elliott goals.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, and Fabio Carvalho all scored for the Reds, while Firmino scored twice and Chris Mepham fired into his own goal, presumably leaving the visiting fans wishing they hadn’t come to Anfield.