The Premier League is watched by millions each week, every week. In it's 21 year history, their have been results that we didn't quite expect to occur, here are just some of the Premier League's most shocking results:

Burnley 1-0 Manchester United

In 2009, Burnley hosted Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United for the second game of the season.

The Red Devils had started their campaign in style with victory over Birmingham; whereas the Clarets were shown the harsh reality of the top division, sinking to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke. But Robbie Blake's stunning volley on 19 minutes gave Owen Coyle's side an unlikely lead, but only one they could throw away. 

And so when Patrice Evra was brought down inside the box just before half-time, surely this was a sign of cursed luck. Michael Carrick's penalty was saved however, and Burnley's return to the top flight after a 33-year absence, was marked with a result to remember.

Arsenal 0-3 Middlesbrough 

With just 4 wins in their previous 24 games, Boro boss Terry Venables couldn't have had too high hopes for the trip to Highbury. 

The Gunners had taken 43 points from a possible 49 at home this season. And with manager Arsene Wenger putting together a title bid, surely this would be a simple run-out. It wasn't. Two own goals in the space of four minutes in the first half left Wenger fuming at half time, as his side trailed 2-0 to Middlesbrough, with Edu and Sylvinho the unlucky duo.

A second half strike from Hamilton Ricard confirmed the result, and the title was consequently Manchester United's.

Chelsea 0-1 QPR

Chelsea had recovered after a dreadful run of form which saw them knocked out of the Champions League and win none in seven Premier League games. The Blues had won their last four games scoring 14 goals in the progress. QPR however had lost their last three games, and won just one all season (in 20 games). 

The scene was set for Chelsea to thump QPR to further thicken their relegation credentials. However the 'Rs' held Rafa Benitez's side right until the 78th minute, when they took a shock lead through Chelsea old-boy Shaun Wright-Phillips. 

Despite no real celebration from Wright-Phillips himself, the rest of the squad, the staff and the fans were having the time of their lives! And when Lee Mason blew the full-time whistle, it confirmed a happy memory in a dismal season for QPR.

Liverpool 0-1 Barnsley

In a season of 5-0, 6-0 and 7-0 defeats, there were very few positives to take out of Barnsley's 1997/98 campaign. It was Barnsley's first ever season in the top flight, though it was already a major task to keep them up, with Danny Wilson's side taking just 10 points from a possible 42 so far.

Liverpool had enjoyed a mixed start to the season, with the Reds already loosing to Leicester, West Ham and Everton. But not even Roy Evans could've predicted the Reds' next defeat, as they hosted a struggling Barnsley side at Anfield.

It was Ashley Ward that gave the Tykes a shock lead before half time and the side, who had already conceded 40 goals this season, held on until the final whistle which proved to be a rare gem in a relegation-fought season.

Wolves 1-0 Manchester United

Kenny Miller proved to be the hero as Fergie and co were left red-faced. Wolves had had little luck so far that season with just three wins from their first 20 games under Dave Jones. Whereas Manchester United were sitting on top of the table and on top of 19 points from their last possible 21.

It took until the 67th minute, but Kenny Miller's finish gave Wolves an unlikely lead over the table-toppers, which proved that possession isn't everything. Pundits around the country agreed the Wolves had deserved their win over United. 

They followed up this major shock with a draw against Liverpool, but they were eventually relegated and Manchester United had to settle for 3rd place.

Derby County 1-0 Newcastle United

Quite possibly the worst Premier League team ever. Derby county took all 3 points against Newcastle on the 17th September, which proved to be their only win of the season. 

Once again it was Kenny Miller, three years and two clubs later from his heroics against Man United for Wolves in January 2004. His long range strike on 39 minutes condemned Newcastle to their first defeat of the season. 

The unlikely win gave Derby's faint hopes of survival a glimmer of promise, but the Rams won just 11 points all season and were relegated in March- the only team to do so. 

Unlikely wins like the ones here show why some suggest that the Premier League is the best league in the world.

Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here:

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

#Manchester United
#Wolverhampton Wanderers
Flag article