Manchester United's worst 5 results since Sir Alex Ferguson retired

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Another week, another defeat for Manchester United. The latest, against Sunderland on Saturday, was one of the worst of the long list.

Louis van Gaal was appointed manager in the summer of 2014 and was tasked to bring the good times back to Old Trafford. But, despite guiding the club back into the Champions League last term, the Dutchman looks likely to go the same way as his predecessor David Moyes at the end of the season.

Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, United have been on a steady decline and they are no longer the monumental force they were under the Scotsman.


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But where does Saturday’s latest setback rank in the worst results the club have experienced since Ferguson retired in 2013? GiveMeSport ranks the worst five results Moyes and Van Gaal have experienced during their time at the Theatre Of Dreams.

5) Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United

The defeat to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last weekend means United now face a stiff, uphill battle if they are to qualify for the Champions League next season.

They were outplayed by Sam Allardyce’s relegation-threatened side for the most part, with Anthony Martial’s deft finish the only highlight on a miserable afternoon for the visitors in the north east.

The Black Cats had 21 shots at goal compared to United's 12. The away side dominated possession but Sunderland's victory was fully deserved and leaves the Greater Manchester outfit six points off the final Champions League spot.

Even Van Gaal has admitted that the Europa League is the club’s best hopes of securing European football next term, but even if they do manage to save their season, the Dutchman may not be around next campaign.

4) Stoke City 2-0 Manchester United

If ever there was proof that Manchester United were well and truly in a mess, it was the way they were comprehensively outplayed by Mark Hughes’ Stoke City on Boxing Day.

Goals from Bojan and Marko Arnautovic made it another day to forget for Van Gaal and United lost for the first time on Boxing Day since 2002.

Many expected the Dutchman to resign following the game and away fans at the Britannia displayed a novelty P45 slip with Van Gaal's name on it, but he still commands the reins at Old Trafford.

3) Manchester United 2-1 Sunderland (AET) (1-2 on pens)

Though Manchester United beat Sunderland in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final clash in 2014, they lost on penalties and their hopes of the first post-Ferguson trophy were extinguished.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Jonny Evans scored to stir hopes of reaching the final at Wembley.

However, despite Javier Hernandez dramatically cancelling out Phil Bardsley’s strike, the game went into penalties.

United's efforts from the 12-yard spot were sub-standard with Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Adnan Januzaj all missing and Sunderland progressed to Wembley to face Manchester City instead.

2) Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United

After landing superstar duo Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, United travelled to Leicester City and were expected to give the newly-promoted side away a rude awakening to the Premier League at the start of last season.

However, what instead happened was a shock win for the home side. United looked to be cruising to a predicted triumph but the Foxes recovered from being both 2-0 and 3-1 down to score four times in just over 20 minutes and to claim an unexpected victory.

It was also the first piece of evidence that Van Gaal’s time in English football would not be as straightforward as some predicted when he took over.

1) Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool

With Moyes clinging on to his job, Liverpool rolled into town in March 2014 and blew Manchester United away in a performance that bolstered the Reds’ hopes of a maiden Premier League title.

Steven Gerrard scored twice from the spot, as well as missing a third, with Luis Suarez completing the rout on a day which also saw captain Nemanja Vidic dismissed.

The result proved a moment of realisation for United fans; they'd previously watched their bitter north west rivals come nowhere near title glory but had now leapfrogged United and their club was on a downward spiral.

The loss inflicted more misery on Moyes, who was sacked the following month.

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