Goal Singapore Monday Top 5 - Most Shocking Defeats at Old Trafford

Still reeling from Manchester United's home defeat to West Brom? Goal Singapore recounts the top 5 surprise home defeats of the Red Devils in our Monday Top 5

We are all aware that Manchester United have not had the best of starts to the new Premier League season. But no one could have predicted that they would fall against West Bromwich Albion at the Theatre of Dreams last Saturday. It was a shocking result, which leaves them eight points adrift of league leaders Arsenal after only six games in.

Goal Singapore takes a look at five of the most shocking defeats at Old Trafford over the years.

5. Manchester United 1-2 Bolton Wanderers
October 20, 2001

Bolton Wanderers more than deserve a place in this top 5 list. For a period of time, they were Manchester United’s bogey team, and the peak of it all was their victory at Old Trafford in the 2001/2002 season. Bolton had just promoted to the Premier League that season, but they claimed a famous scalp against Sir Alex Ferguson’s men with Michael Rickett scoring the winner six minutes before full time after Kevin Nolan cancelled Juan Sebastian Veron’s opener. Manchester United finished 10 points behind Arsenal that season, while Sam Allardyce’s men escaped relegation by four points.

4. Manchester United 2-3 Blackburn Rovers
December 31, 2011

In a season where Blackburn Rovers were relegated from the Premier League, they still managed to have a telling say in the title race as their shock 3-2 win at Old Trafford halted Manchester United’s title charge. United painfully lost to Manchester City on goal difference that season as Sir Alex Ferguson rued the defeat as a 'disaster'. The match was also remembered for David de Gea’s horrific blunder as his failure to collect a Morten Gamst Pederson corner allowed Grant Hanley to score the winning goal after Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Dimitar Berbatov had scored a brace each.

3. Manchester United 2-3 Derby County
April 5, 1997

The 1996/1997 season saw Manchester United win the league by seven points, but they suffered an unexpected defeat at home against newly promoted Derby County. Back in the top-flight after five years, Derby pulled off a remarkable victory over United at the Theatre of Dreams, thanks to Paulo Wanchope’s wonder goal. It was the Costa Rican’s debut as he beat four United players before putting the ball past Peter Schmeichel. The goal was later voted by Derby fans as the greatest goal in the club's history.

2. Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
February 10, 2008

Manchester City’s victory here makes the Top 5 list because this match occurred months before Sheikh Mansour bought over the club that made City instant title contenders. It was an extremely special occasion as Old Trafford commemorated the 50th year anniversary of the Munich disaster, with players from both sides wearing commemorative shirts. United were on a 13-match winning streak while City had only one win in eight games. But the occasion seemed to affect the United players negatively as they were poor on the day, unable to respond to first-half strikes from Darius Vassell and Benjani Mwaruwari. Michael Carrick scored in injury time, but it was not enough as City won at Old Trafford for the first time since 1974.

1. Manchester United 2-3 Middlesbrough
December 19, 1998

In Manchester United’s legendary treble-winning 1998/1999 season, only one team beat them at Old Trafford; and that team was Middlesbrough. It was a remarkable feat, considering they actually beat the team that historically won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in their own backyard. And it was the manner of their victory that was all the more shocking. They stormed into a 3-0 lead in the first hour thanks to goals from Hamilton Ricard, Dean Gordon and Brian Deane. Despite United mounting a fight back with goals from Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, the visitors managed to hold on and record their first victory at Old Trafford since 1930.