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Top 15 Most Embarrassing Moments in Manchester United History

The rise of round-the-clock media coverage and social media has led even the most decorated sporting teams to slip up on the publicity front every now and then. Manchester United is no different and has endured its fair share of embarrassing moments in recent years and further back.

For a club with a trophy cabinet the size of the Red Devils’, one would imagine most of their embarrassing moments would occur off the pitch. That’s correct, but only to a certain extent. During its 137-year history, Manchester United has been on the wrong end of a hammering or two and lost to teams the average football fan wouldn’t even have heard of.

The transfer market has also provided a source of blushes for the Old Trafford staff and supporters. While Sir Alex Ferguson steered the ship with authority both on and off the pitch for 27 years, even he got it wrong on the odd occasion. Whether forking out millions for a player who turns out to be average at best, or fending off rumors about tapping up stars of the future, United, like any other club, has made the headlines when they probably would’ve preferred otherwise.

As the 20-time Premier League champions have learned over an extensive period of success, a convincing win over a Premier League rival or a storming run to the latter stages of the Champions League can gloss over even the most mortifying of scenarios. But just as advancing technology, social media and the media have contributed to amplifying these sticky situations, they have also ensured they are nearly impossible to forget.

Manchester United is not alone in this respect, of course. Every club has a period or moment of history it wants to erase. But staying true to their status in the football world, the Red Devils are the subject of this article.

Here are the top 15 most embarrassing moments in Manchester United history.

15 15. Paul Pogba Free Transfer

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14 14. Paul Pogba Tapping Up Scandal

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13 13. Manchester United 0 – Liverpool 3

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12 12. Manchester United 1 – Manchester City 6

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11 11. MK Dons 4-0 Manchester United

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10 10. BSkyB Takeover Attempt

9 9. Southampton 6-3 Manchester United

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8 8. Chelsea 5-0 Manchester United

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7 7. Wayne Rooney To Manchester City Rumors

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6 6. Rio Ferdinand Drugs Test

5 5. 2013-14 Premier League Finish

4 4. David De Gea to Real Madrid Transfer Blunder

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3 3. David Beckham Boot Incident

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2 2. Ryan Giggs Affair

1 1. Nazi Swastika Email Incident

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There are few symbols capable of causing more grief and sadness than the Nazi swastika; so who knows what the Manchester United media team was thinking when it incorporated a strikingly similar logo in an email newsletter to its fans in October 2013. The ‘United Uncovered’ issue also included the Nazi Germany affiliated phrase ‘new order’ alongside the tasteless graphic, supposedly in reference to a feature about the club’s new cohort of promising young players. Following severe public backlash on Twitter, United issued a statement claiming any offence caused by the references was “entirely unintended” and “unreservedly apologizes” for its error of judgement.

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