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Man Utd and Liverpool fall to record-equalling defeats

5 Oct 2020
Paul Pogba, Manchester United, and Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool

Both clubs suffer heavy losses on the same afternoon of an incredible day

It was an incredible afternoon of action in the Premier League on Sunday but for Manchester United and Liverpool, it was a record-equalling day they would rather forget.

Sunday's six fixtures delivered a total of 25 goals, and 16 of those came at Old Trafford and Villa Park as both Man Utd and the reigning champions suffered their joint-heaviest Premier League losses on the same day.

First up Tottenham Hotspur produced a stunning display to win 6-1 at Man Utd, who suffered a defeat by five goals for only the fourth time. Coincidentally, all four of those losses have come in October.

It was also only the third occasion that United have conceded six goals in a Premier League fixture, having lost 6-1 to Manchester City in October 2011 and 6-3 at Southampton in October 1996.

Man Utd's heaviest PL defeats
Date Opp. Score
Oct 2020 TOT (H) 6-1
Oct 2011 MCI (H) 6-1
Oct 1999 CHE (A) 5-0
Oct 1996 NEW (A) 5-0

Sunday evening's kick-off brought an even more astonishing result as Aston Villa, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, ran out 7-2 winners against title-holders Liverpool.

The Reds had previously lost by five goals only twice in the Premier League, going down 6-1 against Stoke City in 2015 and 5-0 at Man City in 2017.

Liverpool's heaviest PL defeats
Date Opp. Score
Oct 2020 AVL (A) 7-2
Sep 2017 MCI (A) 5-0
May 2015 STK (A) 6-1

In fact, Sunday's result was the first time Liverpool had conceded seven goals in all competitions since April 1963.

They are also the first reigning English top-flight champions to let in seven goals in a league match since Arsenal against Sunderland in September 1953.

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