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Top five: Shock Manchester United defeats

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Ahead of Manchester United's home clash with Crystal Palace, we take a look at five other times United have been put to the sword by a newly-promoted side.

UNITED 1-2 BOLTON WANDERERS - OCTOBER 2001

When Bolton came to Old Trafford, they were barely expected to score let alone win.

United started well and went ahead through a superb Juan Sebastian Veron (remember him?!) free-kick, but goals from Kevin Nolan and Michael Ricketts completed an unlikely turnaround that gave the visitors all three points.

Wanderers remain the last team promoted from the second tier to win at the Theatre of Dreams and Ian Holloway will be hoping his side can re-write history with a victory on Saturday.

MANCHESTER CITY 3-1 UNITED - NOVEMBER 2002

Turn away United fans because this one particularly hurts.

City were promoted back into the Premiership and had the advantage of hosting their fierce city rivals in the first derby of the season, and it proved disastrous for Sir Alex Ferguson.

A shocking error from Fabien Barthez gifted City their opener, and although United responded well, Gary Neville was then left red-faced as his mistake led to Shaun Goater giving his team the lead, and he then went on to score the decisive third on a dark day for Fergie and United.

However they would have the last laugh as they won the league by five points from nearest challengers Arsenal.

BURNLEY 1-0 UNITED - AUGUST 2009

When the Red Devils travelled the short distance to face Burnley, they knew they were in for a tough encounter.

It was the Clarets' first home game of their first campaign back in the top flight, and boy did they make it count as Robbie Blake's well-struck volley in the first half was enough to earn Owen Coyle's side a famous win.

The season ended badly for Burnley though as they were relegated, and United didn't fare much better as they lost the title to Chelsea.

WOLVES 1-0 UNITED - JANUARY 2004

Wolves only won seven games on their return to England's top division - but one of those was a very famous one indeed.

Kenny Miller's second-half goal condemned United to defeat in the new year of 2004, but it wasn't enough for them to stay up as they finished bottom.

United also endured a torrid campaign where they finished a massive 15 points behind eventual champions Arsenal.

NORWICH 2-0 UNITED - APRIL 2005

Now although this season in Norwich's history will probably be remembered best for Delia Smith's drunken half-time antics, they did enjoy an excellent victory over United in their relegation run-in.

Dean Ashton put the home side in front 10 minutes into the second half and shortly after Leon McKenzie, now a professional boxer, doubled the trouble for Fergie's men. As with Wolves the year before, the win wasn't enough though as Norwich went down at the first time of asking.

Gary Neville summed up a poor United performance by saying: "If we come to Norwich and don't score and let a couple in, it's an embarrassing day for us."

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