Manchester United’s Biggest Wins Since Sir Alex Ferguson Retired in 2013

Manchester United won 6-0 against Tranmere in the fourth round of the FA Cup over the weekend, the club’s biggest victory in any competition since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

United have won 18 games by at least four goals in the last seven years, including famous 4-0 victories against Norwich when Ryan Giggs was caretaker manager, Angel Di Maria’s demolition of QPR, a thrashing of Yeovil on Alexis Sanchez’s debut and against Chelsea in August 2019.

But United have scored five or more goals in only a handful of those victories.

Here’s a look back at the club’s four biggest wins in the post-Fergie era…

Man Utd 5-1 FC Midtjylland (February 2016)


This game was made famous as Marcus Rashford’s United debut, having been thrown into the starting line-up when Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up.

United actually trailed Midtjylland 2-1 from the first leg of the Europa League tie, but an own goal cancelled out the deficit, before Rashford bagged a monumental brace in the second half.

Ander Herrera converted a late penalty and Memphis Depay capped off arguably the best performance of his short-lived United career with a fifth.

Cardiff 1-5 Man Utd (December 2018)

Ander Herrera

Jose Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool and a run of one win in five Premier League games. That paved the way for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be drafted in as caretaker manager, with the Norwegian overseeing a 5-1 win in his first game.

That victory came away from home against former club Cardiff, making the occasion all the more sweeter for Solskjaer, who was slated as a failure in south Wales.

Rashford scored just three minutes into the game, with further goals from Herrera and Martial before the interval. Jesse Lingard then got a rare brace in the second half.

Bayer Leverkusen 0-5 Man Utd (November 2013)


The highlight of David Moyes’ 10-month stint at Old Trafford was a 5-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen in Germany in the Champions League group stage.

United had endured a dreadful start to the Premier League season. But Europe provided relative respite for Moyes as his team demolished Leverkusen, a result which secured qualification for the knockout stages with a game to spare.

United led 2-0 after half an hour when an own goal doubled the advantage given by Antonio Valencia. Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and a fine strike from Nani rounded off the scoring.

Tranmere 0-6 Man Utd (January 2020)

Harry Maguire

United’s FA Cup fourth round victory over Tranmere gave fans something to be joyful about and much needed relief against a backdrop of utter chaos this season.

It is United’s biggest away win since the 8-1 thrashing of Nottingham Forest in 1999, when Solskjaer himself scored four times off the bench, and the first time a United side has scored five in the first half of any game since a 6-1 win against Arsenal in February 2001.

Harry Maguire scored an unlikely long-range stunner to kick things off, followed by further goals from Diogo Dalot, Lingard, Phil Jones, Martial and Mason Greenwood.

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