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Man Utd’s most embarrassing European defeats including 5-0 Sporting mauling

MANCHESTER UNITED have a rich European Cup history, winning it three times under the likes of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson.

But the Red Devils have also had their fair share of horror shows on the continent.


Young Boys humbled the Red Devils last nightCredit: Getty Last night’s 2-1 defeat by Young Boys definitely falls into the latter category, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side humbled by the Swiss minnows.

In beating United, David Wagner’s side went alongside teams like Midtjylland and Basel as sides that have humiliated the Red Devils.

SunSport takes a trip down memory lane to look back at some of United’s nights to forget in Europe…

1-2 vs Basel, 07-12-2011


A star-studded Man Utd team was eliminated by Basel back in 2011Credit: Getty Images – Getty What better place to start than Manchester United’s last dreadful trip to Switzerland?

Ferguson’s side needed a win to avoid group stage elimination, despite having been matched in an easy group alongside Basel, Benfica and Otelul Galati.

But, incredibly, goals by Marco Streller and Alexander Frei sent United packing on matchday six, with Phil Jones’ late consolation unable to prevent a humiliating early Champions League exit.


0-5 vs Sporting, 18-03-1964


Man Utd were left dejected by the Portuguese giantsCredit: Getty The Red Devils travelled to Portugal for their Cup-Winners’ Cup quarter-final second leg with a commanding 4-1 lead back in 1964.

But a United side featuring the holy trinity of George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton were shocked by their hosts.

Busby’s boys were annihilated 5-0, tumbling out of the competition in the process.

1-2 vs Midtjylland, 18-02-2016


The Red Devils were humbled in DenmarkCredit: Getty – Contributor Louis van Gaal’s side travelled to Denmark with a depleted team – but fans were still confident they would defeat their little known Danish opponents.

But as it turned out, a back four comprising of Donald Love, Paddy McNair, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind wasn’t good enough.

Memphis Depay gave the Red Devils the lead in the Europa League round of 32 first leg clash – only for Pione Sisto and Paul Onuachu to conjure a famous 2-1 win for Midtjylland.

The second leg went a bit better for United – it featured the debut of a goalscoring kid called Marcus Rashford.

0-1 vs Zalaegerszeg, 14-08-2002


Sir Alex Ferguson was left bemused by his side’s performanceCredit: EPA Having failed to finish in the top two for the first time in the Premier League era the season prior, United found themselves in a Champions League play-off round back in 2002.

Fergie’s men travelled to Hungary to face little known side Zalaegerszeg.

And substitute Bela Koplarovic sent the home fans delirious in the 90th minute, when he sealed a famous win against United.

1-2 vs Basaksehir, 04-11-2020


Basaksehir embarrassed Man Utd just last seasonCredit: AFP Solskjaer has now lost seven of his 11 Champions League matches at the United helm.

And last year’s humiliation against Basaksehir might have been even worse than the Young Boys debacle last night.

Veteran Demba Ba gave the Turkish side the lead after a display of outrageously bad defending, before Edin Visca made it two – with the unfancied side holding on despite Anthony Martial’s effort for the Red Devils.

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