Yearender 2021: Manchester United’s four biggest defeats

Mainly during the current campaign, the Red Devils have been ruthlessly torn to shreds by Premier League rivals, which ultimately resulted in the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as boss.

Here we take a look at the four biggest defeats United suffered in 2021.

1. Manchester United 2-4 Liverpool

Liverpool hadn’t won at Old Trafford since 2014, but two goals from Roberto Firmino sealed a massive 4-2 victory over Manchester United last season in February, which ultimately proved pivotal in the top-four fight. United took the lead with a deflection from Nat Phillips. But Diogo Jota’s shot and Roberto Firmino’s header gave them the advantage. Liverpool extended the lead in the second half with another goal from Firmino. Marcus Rashford then tried to set up a contest with another goal, but Salah’s 90th-minute goal ended all their hopes.

2. Leicester City 4-2 Manchester United

United have seen their 29-game undefeated away streak come to an end as the Red Devils crumble under pressure at King Power Stadium this season. The writing was already on the walls, with Solskjaer’s side struggling to maintain good defensive form. Much like the previous two weeks, United have allowed sloppy goals with their defensive form all over the place. Despite taking the lead and moving to 2-2 at one point, United couldn’t keep up the pressure and succumbed to two late goals from Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka.

3. Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool

Probably the lowest points in Solskjaer’s reign, United suffered their worst loss in history to Liverpool at Old Trafford. The defense was completely failing against Liverpool, conceding after five minutes and the score continued to add up, Mohamed Salah adding a hat-trick to his name at the end of the game. Naby Keita and Diego Jota were the other two scorers. Liverpool were just too good for a Manchester United side unable to defend.

4. Watford 4-1 Manchester United

The final nail in Solskjaer’s coffin, United suffered yet another embarrassment against relegation fighters Watford, with Claudio Ranieri completely outclassing the visiting team. United were in pieces, cut multiple times on a weak display in the first half and reduced to 10 men after Maguire’s two yellow cards in the second half. Watford benefited greatly and Joshua King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Bonaventure each scored to sink United, eclipsing Donny van de Beek’s goal for United. Ultimately this turned out to be Solskjaer’s last game in charge who was sacked the following week.

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