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The Theatre of Nightmares

Manchester United absorbed their seventh league loss of the season at home on Saturday to Sunderland.
Manchester United absorbed their seventh league loss of the season at home on Saturday to Sunderland.

Manchester United's Old Trafford misery continued as they lost against Sunderland, and their home setbacks during the current campaign have been many. Here are the ones that mattered the most:

Sept. 26, Man Utd 1-2 West Brom, Premier League

A superb Morgan Amalfitano run and chip had United rattled before Wayne Rooney's free-kick found the back of Boaz Myhill's net. Youngster Saido Berahino struck after 67 minutes to give the Baggies their first win at Old Trafford since 1978 - and ensure a worst start to a league campaign in 24 years for United.

Dec. 4, Man Utd 0-1 Everton, Premier League

David Moyes' old team came back to haunt him as Bryan Oviedo's late strike handed Everton their first win at Old Trafford in 21 years. Scot Moyes had failed to win at United in his 11-year reign with the Toffees.

Dec. 7, Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle, Premier League

United suffered their second home defeat in four days as Yohan Cabaye secured victory for the visitors - their first at Old Trafford since 1972.

Jan. 1, Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham, Premier League

Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen scored for Spurs. Danny Welbeck pulled one back for the hosts but, despite a succession of penalty appeals and chances for Javier Hernandez, Rooney and Nemanja Vidic, a combination of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, good fortune and some desperate defending by the visitors kept them at bay.

Jan. 5, 2014, Man Utd 1-2 Swansea, FA Cup third round

This one appeared to be heading to a replay until a Wilfried Bony header after 90 minutes gave Swansea their first ever win at Old Trafford. It was United's second defeat in four days after Tottenham had beaten them. Fabio's red card for a reckless challenge on Jose Canas capped another bad day for the hosts.

Jan. 22, Man Utd 2-1 Sunderland (aggregate 3-3, Sunderland win 2-1 on penalties) Capital One Cup

United's season of woe hit new depths as they were knocked out by relegation-haunted Sunderland. Jonny Evans scored to level the tie at 2-2 on aggregate to force extra-time, before David De Gea fumbled Phil Bardsley's shot into his own net. Javier Hernandez struck for the home side with 120 minutes on the clock - but Sunderland edged a terrible penalty shoot-out, scoring two of the three spot-kicks converted.

March 16, Man Utd 0-3 Liverpool, Premier League

Liverpool completed the double over United for the fourth time in the Premier League. Steven Gerrard scored two penalties and missed a third before Luis Suarez scored late on for a team who finished 28 points behind the champions in 2012-13.

March 25, Man Utd 0-3 Man City, Premier League

United were again completely outclassed by their local neighbours from the moment Edin Dzeko put the visitors in front inside the first minute. Moyes' side never truly threatened City, who registered further goals from Dzeko and Toure. Defeat effectively ended United's hopes of a late Champions League surge and left them in danger of missing out on the top six altogether.

May 3, Man Utd 0-1 Sunderland, Premier League

Sunderland took a huge step towards cementing their top-flight status by handing Ryan Giggs the first defeat of his reign as United interim manager. Sebastian Larsson took advantage of some slack marking to fire home Connor Wickham's cross in the first half as Sunderland recorded their first win at Old Trafford since 1968.


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