10 Premier League wins that shocked the world after Liverpool 7-0 Man Utd
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After all, the result came just seven days after the Red Devils had lifted the first major silverware of Erik ten Hag’s reign with a Carabao Cup Final win over Newcastle United and confidence was sky high for the men from Old Trafford as they made the short trip to Anfield.
And there was little sign of what was to come when the Reds took a narrow lead into half-time thanks to a Cody Gakpo goal just minutes before the interval. But a chaotic second-half saw Jurgen Klopp’s men tear apart their deadly rivals with Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah all scoring twice before Roberto Firmino put the cherry on the cake when he came off the bench to score the seventh goal of a devastating performance from his side.
But it is not the first time a Premier League match has shocked the world...
Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal
Ok, so they weren’t exactly facing the Arsenal invincibles here and the Gunners were far from full-strength with the likes of Armand Traore and Carl Jenkinson in their side - but this was still something special from Manchester United as they tore through Arsene Wenger’s side at will.
Wayne Rooney was in his pomp, Ashley Young dazzled on the wing and a young Danny Welbeck continued to show promise with a fine performance.
Newcastle United 5-0 Manchester United
Magpies chairman Sir John Hall famously declared he has just witnessed the Premier League champions during Newcastle’s 5-0 demolition of the side that had robbed them of a first top flight title since 1927.
He was right - but it was red and white ribbons on the trophy come the end of the 1996/97 season as the Red Devils recovered from a shattering loss on Tyneside. That said, the win remains an iconic moments for Magpies supporters, with Albert and Ginola goals still fondly remembered.
Southampton 6-3 Manchester United
We say Manchester United recovered from that defeat at St James Park but it wasn’t an instant process as they were well-beaten at Southampton just six days later. Matt le Tissier chipped Peter Schmeichel, Eyal Berkovic bagged a hat-trick of assists as well as scoring twice and Egil Ostenstad was robbed of a treble by a Phil Neville own-goal.
Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea
Chelsea’s 2018/19 season would be capped off by a Europa League Final win and would consist of a third place finish in the Premier League and defeats in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup. But it was a 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth that really stood out as Eddie Howe’s side eased to a shock win thanks to a Josh King brace and a goal apiece from David Brooks and Charlie Daniels.
Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City
There was once a time when Manchester City were not laden with trophies and world superstars - but they did have a former England manager in the dugout.
This Teesside thumping proved to be the end of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s City reign as his beleaguered side suffered a heavy defeat against the Boro. Brazilian striker Afonso Alves led the way with a hat-trick and Fabio Rochemback also hit the headlines with a stunning free-kick.
However, brighter days were just around the corner for the visitors.
Liverpool 0-1 Barnsley
Barnsley’s promotion into the Premier League was something of a surprise as Danny Wilson’s men secured a place in English football’s elite for the first time in the club’s history by finishing as runners-up in the second tier during the 1996/97 season.
But they caused an even bigger surprise when Ashley Ward got the only goal of the game as the Tykes saw off a Liverpool side containing Michael Owen, Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp at a shell-shocked Anfield. It would not be the last time the Reds would be humbled by a newly-promoted side.
Which takes us on to…
Liverpool 0-1 Watford
Graham Taylor was already a Watford legend by the time he returned to the club and lifted them into the Premier League ahead of the 1999/2000 season. And nobody had given the Hornets any chance of claiming anything from their trip to Anfield in the second week of the campaign.
But a 14th minute goal from Tommy Mooney gave them their first ever win at Liverpool and remarkably handed Taylor his first ever points as an opposition manager at Anfield.
Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City
The day the noisy neighbours broke the door down and caused havoc at the Theatre of Dreams.
‘Why always me?’, proclaimed Mario Balotelli after his opening goal on 22 minutes. ‘Why did it have to be them?, said the Old Trafford faithful as they watched on as their side shipped three goals in the final three minutes of the game to fall to one of the heaviest derby defeats in their history.
To make matters worse, City would go on to claim the Premier League title for the first time that season as Sergio Aguero’s last-ditch goal brought contrasting emotions on each side of Manchester.
Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland
Sunderland were relegation certainties when they visited Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea towards the back end of the 2013/14 season.
Their hosts were challenging for the Premier League title with Manchester City and Liverpool and all seemed to be going to plan when Samuel Eto’o put the Blues ahead with just 12 minutes on the clock.
But the Black Cats hit back and boosted what would be an ultimately successful escape from relegation thanks to a Conor Whickham equaliser and a late Fabio Borini penalty. Remarkably, this was Jose Mourinho’s first home defeat as a manager in 78 Premier League games.
Southampton 0-9 Leicester City
A real ‘nobody saw that coming’ sort of night at St Mary’s as the Saints - not for the last time under Ralph Hassenhutl - shipped nine goals with a humiliation at the hands of a Premier League rivals.
Leicester were simply unrelenting as Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez hit hat-tricks and there was a goal piece for Ben Chilwell, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison as they matched the highest win in Premier League history.