Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The 5 Best thrashings in the Premier League era

It was almost a week ago now, however Manchester City's 6-1 annihilation of a previously unflappable Man Utd outfit has sparked questions about the champions chances of defending their crown and cemented City's place at the top of the table at this (very) early stage of the season.

As a proud Gooner I couldn't be happier seeing pain inflicted on the red side of Manchester, however it was the magnitude and ease with which the 'noisy neighbours' dominated that was surprising.

In light of the belting, and in such a hyped game, I thought i'd have a quick glance over some of the biggest thrashings in the past 22 years (I know it's not quite all Premier League but wanted to squeeze in one form 89/90!)

Manchester City 6 - Manchester United 1 (2011)
Start with the freshest! Man Utd really never turned up, with Wayne Rooney the only one who could hold his head high. Balotelli was brilliant with David Silva deadly and the 46th minute sending off of Jonny Evans when United were only 1-0 down the beginning of the end.

Mario Balotelli goal from utt mtv on Vimeo.

Manchester City 8 - Arsenal 2 (2011)
This was one of the biggest thrashings in the Premier League era and on a personla note, a very difficult one to watch. Arsenal were simply outclassed by a slick Manchester outfit, clearly announcing themselves as the dominant force early in the season. Rooney and summer signing Ashley Young tore Arsenal to shreds, both scoring hat-tricks as Arsenal faced one of their darkest days. (excuse the poor video)

Middlesborough 8 - Manchester City 1 (2008)
Just to illustrate what a difference a few years can make, let's look back to 2008 when Middlesborough handed City a 8-1 shellacking. Borough controlled the entire day with Sven Goran Eriksson coaching his last game at Eastlands as a result. While City now find themselves a few managers down the line sitting pretty in 1st, Borough were relegated next season and are still fighting their way out. Have a look at Stewart Downing's cracker with the outside of his foot

Newcastle 8 - Sheffield Wednesday 0 (1999)
All of games listed so far have had at least one consolation goal scored. Not here. Poor Sheffield Wednesday felt the full wrath of Alan Shearer as he returned to the starting line up in Bobby Robson's first home game in charge of the Toon. Shearer was back to his vintage best, smashing 5 past a hapless Wednesday who were relegated at the end of the season. Poor Wed keeper Kevin Pressman.

Manchester City 5 - Manchester United 1 (1989)
I know this doesn't quite fit into the Premier League years, but it serves a purpose to illustrate how long between drinks it was for Man City thrashing Man Utd. they have won some derbies in between, however this win in 89 came after 2 years in the division 2 wilderness (as it was at the time) for City.

Have any other thrashings you think are up there? Let me know!

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