Shocking Premier League Games From 2010 Onwards

Updated on March 26, 2020
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20 Times. Avid United fan through the hard times and the good. Still believes Wes Brown is the real hero of Old Trafford.

Mario Balotelli's infamous celebration against United.
Mario Balotelli's infamous celebration against United. | Source

Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City (2011)

United's 'Noisy Neighbours' Turn up the Volume

Manchester United had not only been the titans in Manchester for twenty-odd years in 2011, but they were the undisputed kings of the country under the tutorship of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. That whole legacy almost came crashing down in one single afternoon on October 23rd when Roberto Mancini's side came to Old Trafford.

Undoubtedly playing with a serious point to prove, Manchester City were absolutely scintillating for the whole match as David Silva, Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli ran riot. Johnny Evans was sent off early in the second half for the hosts; however, the damage had been done well before then.

City would finish the season in equally dramatic fashion thanks to Sergio Aguero, winning their first league trophy and laying down the foundations for the tide turning in terms of football in Manchester.

The scoreline reflected Arsenal's worst result since 1896.
The scoreline reflected Arsenal's worst result since 1896. | Source

Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal (2011)

Ferguson Piles on the Pain for Wenger

Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger possessed arguably the most fearsome, longest and successful rivalries of any manager in the modern era, and the Scot would be responsible for piling on the Frenchman's worst ever result in August 2011 at Old Trafford.

In a game that would come to epitomise the decline of Arsenal as a footballing powerhouse at the top of the table, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney, Park Ji Sung, Nani and Danny Welbeck would all net across the game as Carl Jenkinson saw red for Wenger's team.

Things never really recovered for Wenger and his standing within the game following this match; in fact, his Arsenal side would soon start to grow an infamous reputation for losing by big margins . . .

One of the worst visits to Stamford Bridge in Arsenal's history.
One of the worst visits to Stamford Bridge in Arsenal's history. | Source

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (2014)

Mourinho Spoils Wenger's Celebrations

Involving another fierce rival of Arsene Wenger during his time in England, this match was set up as a perfect fairytale story as the Frenchman's 1,000th competitive game in charge of the Gunners coincided with a visit to Jose Mourinho's Stamford Bridge.

What followed, however, was one of the most limp displays from an Arsenal side that may even eclipse the 8-2 loss to United in terms of embarrassment. Samuel Eto'o, Andre Schürrle, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Mohammed Salah would all find the net as the game garnered an infamous reputation as being the incident of a referee sending off the wrong player, mistaking Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Chelsea would finish the season in third place before romping to League and Cup success under Mourinho the next year. Arsenal would, once again, fail to challenge for a title but did manage to end their trophy drought and claim that year's FA Cup.

Van Gaal's star-studded lineup came undone against Leicester.
Van Gaal's star-studded lineup came undone against Leicester. | Source

Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United (2014)

Promoted Leicester Cause Van Gaal's Dramatic U-Turn

Manchester United had embarked on a seriously star-studded spending spree during the summer of 2014. Reacting to their failures under David Moyes, in came the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, stars who were meant to strut their stuff and roll over sides like newly promoted Leicester City.

What followed at the King Power was one of the most shocking and humiliating results in Manchester United and Premier League history. Despite being 3-1 up, United would slump to a 5-3 loss thanks to goals from Leonardo Ulloa, David Nugent, Esteban Cambiasso and Jamie Vardy.

The all-out approach employed by Louis Van Gaal early into his Man United tenure was swiftly tossed aside in favour of the more pragmatic, defensive style we all loathed from 2015 onwards. Leicester pulled off a miraculous comeback that season and would embark on that historic Premier League triumph a year later . . .

Southampton's 8-0 thrashing was their biggest win ever in the top flight.
Southampton's 8-0 thrashing was their biggest win ever in the top flight. | Source

Southampton 8-0 Sunderland (2014)

Koeman's Saints Decimate Poyet's Black Cats

Sunderland are certainly no strangers to shocking results, but none in the modern era of football have been as memorable and damning as their visit to Saint Mary's in October 2014. Funnily, the Black Cats had only lost once in the season prior to their trip to the South Coast, but Santiago Vergini's freak own goal in the twelfth minute was the first sign that things were not going to be run of the mill.

Graziano Pelle, Jack Cork, Dusan Tadic, Victor Wanyama and two more own goals from Liam Bridcutt and Patrick Van Aanholt racked the scorline up to 8-0, which remains one of the heaviest losses inflicted by two sides outside of the 'top six' in Premier League history.

Southampton would continue the rise up the Premier League table that year, whilst Sunderland would become embroiled in yet another torrid relegation battle that year.


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