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From Mario Balotelli to Scott McTominay: British Football’s Most Embarrassing Derby Day defeats

Yesterday saw one of the most eye-catching derby results in British football history, as Liverpool thrashed in-form Manchester United 7-0 at Anfield.

So here at Park Life Sport we’re rolling back the years to take a look at some of the most embarrassing derby days, and where better to start than the eventful evening on Merseyside.

Liverpool 7-0 Manchester United – 05/03/23

Nothing quite adds on to winning the Carabao Cup than equalling your biggest loss in club history… and it being to Liverpool.

Mo Salah, Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez all scored a brace, with Roberto Firmino scoring the Red’s seventh, in the week he announced he would be leaving the Merseyside club, come the end of the season.

Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City – 23/10/11

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“Why always me?”

Sorry Manchester United fans but you’re on this list again and through the, potentially, most known Derby Day result ever.

A brace from Edin Dzeko off the bench secured the win for Manchester City, but it was Mario Balotelli’s iconic undershirt that stole the headlines.

Derby County 5-0 Nottingham Forest – 22/03/14

It may be top flight Forest who hold all the bragging rights in the East Midlands at the moment but that wasn’t the case back in March 2014.

As both sides chased a return to the Premier League, Derby would run riot at Pride Park netting five goals with midfield stalwart Craig Bryson netting a hat trick, becoming the first to do so against their fierce rivals since Steve Bloomer in 1898.

Bristol City 0-6 Cardiff City – 26/01/10

You may have lost against your cross-country rivals this weekend but don’t worry Bristol City fans, it could’ve been six…in your own back yard.

Ross McCormack and Michael Chopra netted two each with the late Peter Whittingham adding to the tally on a night where Robins boss Gary Johnson joined in the action, kicking Chopra during his celebrations.

Sheffield Wednesday 2-4 Sheffield United – 24/09/17

Maybe not an embarrassing result for the Owls – but a game that would provide one of the most memorable and embarrassing moments in recent Championship history.

Hillsborough was literally rocking after Lucas Joao levelled the scores – only to have their celebrations cut short by a Mark Duffy wonder goal, before Leon Clarke settled the tie 10 minutes from time.

Newcastle United 5-1 Sunderland – 31/10/10

The chicken celebration was out in full force, which can only mean one thing…Kevin Nolan was on form and scoring on derby day.

A Titus Bramble red card and subsequent penalty at 2-0 certainly didn’t help things but it was for sure a day to forget for Sunderland.

Aston Villa 5-1 Birmingham City – 20/04/08

Fighting for a European spot hasn’t been seen much at Villa Park, but a 5-1 win over Birmingham City pushed Aston Villa towards the top of the table.

Much like in the aforementioned games, there were braces from multiple players, this time coming from Ashley Young and John Carew and it pushed the Claret and Blue to another victory over their rivals.

Celtic 5-0 Rangers – 29/04/18

Brendan Rodgers ended his four-year spell with his fourth consecutive Scottish Premiership title, but I can almost guarantee that Celtic’s 5-0 derby day win felt much sweeter.

A dominant performance was potentially wrapped up by half time, as Odsonne Edouard’s brace and James Forrest’s goal put The Bhoys 3-0 up.

Eight minutes into the second half and it was 5-0, and Rangers didn’t stand any chance of coming back.

Milwall 4-1 West Ham United – 21/03/04

One of the most fierce derbies in all of Britain, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that The Den was not a place you would choose to be in on this day.

West Ham would eventually gain promotion to the Premier League that season – but not before getting a hiding from their rivals, as a Tim Cahill scored a brace to set the Lions on their way.

Manchester United 6-2 Leeds United – 20/12/20

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A derby most known for fans off-field antics but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the players had to battle on the pitch instead. However, it wasn’t much of a fight.

Scott McTominay had two of his shots in the Leeds goal within three minutes of the game and from that point, there was no turning back.

That was not the start to post-COVID football Leeds would’ve wanted.

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