10 Worst Man Utd Performances This Decade

10. Man United 1-4 Liverpool, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGAusKj8FPI It was a game which should have seen Manchester United stamp on the fingers of Liverpool€™s hanging title challenge, and stake their claim as champions-elect, but it proved to be a nightmarish 90 minutes for the Red Devils. Buoyed by Liverpool€™s recent patchy form, they confidently took an early lead took through a Cristiano Ronaldo, but as soon as Fernando Torres shrugged off the overtures of a nervous Nemanja Vidic to equalise moments later, chaos ensued. Steven Gerrard would dispatch a penalty of his own before planting a kiss on an unsuspecting camera, before Fabio Aurelio made sure of a famous three points with a perfectly weighted free-kick 13 minutes from the end. There was even time for Andrea Dossena to get in on the act with an exquisite lob over a bewildered Edwin van der Sar to cap a marvellous day for the Reds, and leave the Theatre of Dreams as a cauldron of confusion. It was a tortuous afternoon for the Red Devils, and a defeat that they would still be coming to terms with had they not gone on to claim the title a couple of months later anyway. However, the reason for it has only just about snuck into this list is because Sir Alex Ferguson didn€™t actually see too much wrong with the quality of play.
''It was a bad day in terms of the goals we lost but I couldn۪t argue with the quality of play that much. One or two players were a little bit short in terms of what we expect of them but I do know the football was good, we kept driving on and they showed good energy, even though e only had two-and-a-half days to prepare for the match. It wasn۪t a result that anyone at Manchester United could be proud of, but nevertheless you have to say that Liverpool really played well and they deserved to win.۪۪ - Sir Alex Ferguson, March 2009.

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