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10 Most Humiliating Defeats In Premier League

There are two kinds of defeats in football. One where you can hold your head up high and say “I gave it my all.” Then there’s a humiliating defeat, a defeat where you are completely destroyed and you end up asking yourself “What the hell happened?” We are sure that the latter was voiced by many Premier League teams.

Here are the 10 most humiliating defeats in the Premier League.

1. Liverpool 7-0 Win over Manchester United

There’s no doubt that United fans would remember this for a very long time. This wasn’t just a thrashing, it was a humiliation as it was Red Devil’s heaviest defeat since 26th December 1931. That was 91 years, 2 months, and 7 days ago when the Wolves thrashed them 7-0. The score also eclipsed Liverpool’s previous best victory against United, which was a 7-1 win in 1895. And this will further boil the blood of fans as this means that United is almost out of the title race. But it appears that Manchester United has a taste of its own medicine. Back in the day, they used to humiliate their adversaries.

2. Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal

The 2011-12 season will always be remembered for Manchester City’s incredible title triumph after Sergio Aguero scored late on the final day. They won by the barest of margins. But United also had a stellar season. Their decisiveness was at its peak when they welcomed Arsenal early on in the season, with Wayne Rooney scoring a hat-trick in what remains an iconic Premier league scoreline. The Gunners were hammered 8-2. The humiliation of the highest order as it was United’s biggest win over Arsenal, and it was Arsenal’s heaviest defeat in more than 84 years. To further rub salt in Arsenal’s wound, Arsene Wenger later described it as one of his lowest moments in management. But 3 years later, Wenger was about to face another horror!

3. Chelsea vs Arsenal 6-0

The Gunners had been at the receiving end of some really embarrassing defeats in Arsene Wenger’s final few years. But this one takes the cake as it occurred on his 1000th game in charge! His arch-nemesis Jose Mourinho was in the opposite dugout that day and in no mood for pleasantries as Chelsea totally ruined the occasion with a ruthless display. The game ended with Chelsea winning 6-0. Wenger, who expected it to be a historic 1000th game turned out to be his worst nightmare. The game’s also remembered for a funny red card when the ref handed Gibbs the marching orders when actually Chamberlain had touched the ball. Not the kind of finish Wenger expected. That’s what Steven Gerrard might have said in his final game.

4. Stoke City 6- LIVERPOOL 1

Liverpool was supposed to give Steven Gerrard the perfect farewell on his Premier League Swansong, but Stoke City interrupted and played party poopers. They rolled over the Reds like a bowling ball knocking down pins and blitzed to a 5-0 lead in the opening stanza. The outgoing skipper got on the scoresheet after the break, but his former team-mate Peter Crouch then put the final nail in his coffin. It was Liverpool’s biggest-ever Premier League defeat of the time Everything that could go wrong did go wrong as the humiliated Liverpool was out of the top four. Indeed, a dismal end to the season.

5. Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City

Results of such stature became common for United in the immediate few years after Sir Alex’s exit. But this one happened well under his watch. It was a match when the noisy neighbors did show that they weren’t a mid-table team anymore. The Sky Blues were riding a wave of confidence under Roberto Mancini and sent an ominous title warning with the Old Trafford conquest, which was also United’s worst defeat at home since February 1955. Aguero and Silva scored once, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli both netted twice, with the latter even breaking into his famous ‘Why always me?’ celebration. But this isn’t United’s only 6-1 thrashing. In fact, the next one came against their former manager. More on that in a while.

6. Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City ​In 2019, Manchester City steamrolled Watford in an 8-0 demolition. In doing so, City became the first Premier League club to have both scored eight goals in a game and conceded eight in a game. Back in the day, before the oil money came into play, City was stuck in the struggle for relegation battles and mid-table mediocrity. Middlesbrough took the mickey out of City on the final day of the 2007/08 season and bamboozled them 8-1. It was the club’s biggest-ever top-flight win. Richard Dunne’s early shower that day left a gaping hole in City’s defense, and the hosts Made a scrumptious meal out of it. Afonso Alves even bagged a hat trick, before Elano Blumer pulled back a late consolation. Well, the final taste of life for City fans without Billionaire owners!

7. Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa

Wenger’s 1000th game and Gerrard’s last game. Both ended in a shocker. But the same cannot be said for Lampard’s 500th Premier League game. The Blues were hosting Aston Villa. And were obviously the favorites. But very few predicted that it would be Villa’s heaviest defeat since their inception and Chelsea’s biggest-ever win. Chelsea showed no remorse and thrashed them 8-0. The result marked the first time seven players from one team had scored in a match. The high water mark came when Lampard entrenched his name on the scoresheet that too in his 500th League game.

8. Newcastle United 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Still licking some of the wounds sustained after caving in on the title race, Tottenham just needed to win against the already-relegated Newcastle to secure second position and finish above Arsenal for the first time in two decades. However, the Toons ripped the script to shreds and took Spurs to the cleaners. Despite being down to 10 men after the hour, they pulled off an incredible 5-1 win. Mauricio Pochettino later said that it was the ‘worst day’ of his career. But the Spurs are unpredictable. One minute down! The second minute up.

9. Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur

Speaking of Spurs’ erratic behavior, many called United the favorites for this one, even though, Mourinho was steering Totenham’s wheel. But a shambolic Manchester United suffered a club record-equalling defeat in the Premier League era as they crashed to a 6-1 loss at home. Son Heung-min and Harry Kane each scored twice for Spurs while United’s Anthony Martial was sent off in the 28th minute as Jose Mourinho celebrated a stunning victory on his return to the club which sacked him 22 months ago. It was even more humiliating as United conceded four goals in the first half of a league game for the first time since 1957.

10. Southampton 0-9 Leicester City

Leicester City’s renaissance under Brandon Rodgers was at its apex after the Southampton slaughter. Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez both netted hat-tricks as the Foxes equaled United’s Premier League record for the biggest-ever win. It was indeed embarrassing as Leicester also recorded the biggest-ever victory by an away side in an English top-flight league match in the 131-year history of the Football League, inflicted Southampton’s biggest-ever defeat, and became only the second side at the time in Premier League history to have two players score a hat-trick in the same game, after Arsenal in May 2003. But wait the last record has been broken by City’s Haaland and Foden when they scored hattricks against Manchester United. That’s too much info, stats, and Manchester United thrashing in one day. Now it’s your turn to let me know what you think about these humiliations in the comments section.

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