Manchester United suffered their joint-biggest ever loss in a competitive game on Sunday, as the Red Devils were beaten 7-0 by Liverpool.
Erik ten Hag’s men had been trailing by just one goal at half-time, scored via Cody Gakpo, but conceded six after the break. Liverpool’s January signing helped himself to another while Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah both scored second-half braces. Roberto Firmino came off the bench to add a seventh in the latter stages, to equal United’s highest-ever defeat.
That was the fourth time in United’s history they’ve lost by seven goals, and the first in nearly 100 years. On 10 April 1926, the Red Devils set an unwanted record by suffering a 7-0 loss for the first time in their existence, with Blackburn Rovers the winners at Ewood Park.
United also lost by the same scoreline to Aston Villa on 27 December 1930, and were beaten 7-0 again almost a year to the day, when Wolverhampton Wanderers registered the emphatic scoreline at Molineux on Boxing Day 1931.
That means, prior to Sunday, it had been 92 years since United were beaten by seven goals. The loss at Anfield was also the first time United have conceded seven since a 7-2 loss against Sheffield Wednesday in 1961, and the mauling at the hands of Liverpool was the 16th time the club have let the opposition score seven in a game. Jurgen Klopp’s side could have made history had they netted another, as United have never conceded eight in a competitive match.
The 7-0 defeat at the weekend was the Red Devils’ biggest-ever Premier League loss, which had previously been a five-goal margin. United have lost by five goals on five separation occasions in the Premier League, the most recent at Old Trafford against Liverpool last season.
Man Utd biggest ever defeats
10 April 1926- Blackburn Rovers 7-0 Manchester United
27 December 1930- Aston Villa 7-0 Manchester United
26 December 1931- Wolverhampton Wanderers 7-0 Manchester United
5 March 2023- Liverpool 7-0 Manchester United