Man Utd's most embarrassing European defeats after Young Boys loss, from 5-0 Sporting mauling to flop at Midtjylland
16th March 2022

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.

Last night's last-16 exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid was the latest Euro headache for United.

However, some continental results really can be labelled 'embarrassing' for the Red Devils – including September's 2-1 defeat by minnows Young Boys.

And there have been plenty of others along the way too.

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


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1-2 vs Basel, 07-12-2011

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.

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0-5 vs Sporting, 18-03-1964

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

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

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.

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1-2 vs Basaksehir, 04-11-2020

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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