RANKED: Most embarrassing Premier League defeats ever

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Tottenham were hammered at St James's Park on Sunday by Newcastle, but is it the most embarrassing defeat in Premier League history?

Newcastle's clash with Tottenham was billed as a battle for top-four places, with just three points separating the teams in the Premier League table ahead of kick-off.

However, it turned into a mauling as a rampant Newcastle struck five times inside the opening 21 minutes, becoming the second-fastest team to register a 5-0 lead in Premier League history after Manchester City

Yet Tottenham are not the first team to be humiliated in the English top flight, and they certainly will not be the last.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have all served up some absolute shockers in recent seasons, so GOAL takes a look at the most embarrassing results in the Premier League era...

  1. Middlesbrough 8-1 Man City
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    #10 Middlesbrough 8-1 Man City

    Manchester City unravelled quite spectacularly at the Riverside in a game which handed Middlesbrough their biggest top-flight win in 58 years.

    Richard Dunne was the culprit early on for City. The defender was sent off for a foul on Tuncay that saw Middlesbrough awarded a penalty, and Stewart Downing made no mistake from the spot.

    Afonso Alves, who went on to score a hat-trick, then made it 2-0 before half-time.

    If the first half was poor by City then the second was simply disastrous. Middlesbrough simply blitzed the visitors with six goals in 32 second-half minutes to run away with the win.

    Downing scored again, Fabio Rochemback netted a free-kick, Adam Johnson's deflected strike beat goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, while there was also a goal from Jeremie Aliadiere.

    City had gone into the game hoping to qualify for Europe with a win. Instead, it proved to be Sven Goran Eriksson's final game in charge.

  2. Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool
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    #9 Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard's final game for Liverpool ended up being an absolute nightmare as the Reds were thrashed by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in 2015.

    The midfielder did manage to score on his 710th and final appearance for Liverpool, but it was only a consolation as Liverpool were completely outplayed by the Potters.

    Three goals in eight minutes midway through the first-half did the damage, as a brace from Mame Biram Diouf and another from Jonathan Walters put Stoke in complete charge.

    Charlie Adam scored against his former side to make it 4-0, before Steven Nzonzi piled on more misery with an excellent effort from range.

    Another former Red, Peter Crouch, also got in on the act with a header late on against a shambolic Liverpool side.

    It was supposed to be a day to remember for Gerrard, but by the final whistle the club legend could hardly wait to get off the pitch.

  3. Man City 6-0 Chelsea
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    #8 Man City 6-0 Chelsea

    Maurizio Sarri's men served up a hapless showing at the Etihad Stadium, as a Sergio Aguero-inspired Manchester City ran riot in 2019.

    City scored four times in the opening 25 minutes to run away with the game and condemn the Blues to a humiliating defeat.

    Chelsea were caught napping for the opener as Raheem Sterling converted from a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick.

    Aguero then curled a brilliant effort past Kepa Arrizabalaga and added a second after Ross Barkley managed to unintentionally head the ball straight into the striker's path.

    Ilkay Gundogan's low shot make it 4-0, before Cesar Azpilicueta gave away a penalty, allowing Aguero to bag his 15th hat-trick for Manchester City.

    Chelsea's defence was an utter mess throughout the 90 minutes and conceded again late on when Sterling finished from close range.

  4. Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal
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    #7 Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger had been hoping to celebrate his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal, but instead saw his players serve up a real stinker at Stamford Bridge.

    Samuel Eto'o and then Andre Schurrle had the Blues 2-0 up after just seven minutes, as Arsenal were caught on the break and unable to respond.

    Things then went from bad to worse when Kieran Gibbs was sent off in a case of mistaken identity.

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had tipped an effort from Eden Hazard round the post with his hand, but referee Andre Marriner showed the red to Gibbs instead.

    Chelsea then piled on more misery as they hit Arsenal for six for the first time ever. Oscar netted a brace and Mohamed Salah also found the back of the net as Wenger's special day was well and truly ruined.

  5. Newcastle 6-1 Tottenham
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    #6 Newcastle 6-1 Tottenham

    Tottenham arrived at St James's Park with a new-look defence and saw it promptly ripped apart by Eddie Howe's side, who bounced back impressively from a 3-0 loss at Aston Villa last time out.

    Jacob Murphy had the hosts ahead inside the first two minutes, before Joelinton made it 2-0 after rounding goalkeeper Hugo Lloris just four minutes later.

    The chaos continued when a long-range effort from Murphy flew past a statuesque Lloris and ensured Newcastle were 3-0 to the good before the 10-minute mark.

    Joe Willock then produced a gorgeous assist with the outside of his boot to tee up Alexander Isak for his first of the afternoon, before the Swede added his second on 21 minutes, leaving Spurs absolutely stunned by the Magpies' first-half salvo.

    Fans then had to wait until after the break for more goals. Harry Kane fired one back for Newcastle, before substitutes Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson combined for number six as Cristian Stellini's side were embarrassed.

  6. Brentford 4-0 Man Utd
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    #5 Brentford 4-0 Man Utd

    If Erik ten Hag wasn't aware of the size of the task he had after joining Manchester United, he certainly was after seeing his players humbled at Brentford.

    Brentford simply took apart a feeble United side, scoring four goals in the first 35 minutes, as Ten Hag could only watch on from the touchline, completely aghast.

    Josh Dasilva opened the scoring with an effort that somehow managed to get past goalkeeper David de Gea.

    Christian Eriksen, playing against his former side, was then robbed by Mathias Jensen and could only watch as his ex-team-mate doubled Brentford's lead.

    Brentford were rampant and made it 4-0 thanks to goals from Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo. It was an historic win for Brentford as United were outfought and outplayed by the Bees.

    Ten Hag made his fury at his team clear after the match, famously making his players run 14 kilometres in training after the defeat.

  7. Man Utd 1-6 Man City
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    #4 Man Utd 1-6 Man City

    Sir Alex Ferguson didn't suffer too many humiliations during his time in charge of Manchester United, but his side were certainly embarrassed by their neighbours in 2011.

    United conceded six goals at home for the first time since 1930, as Roberto Mancini's men made light work of the Red Devils.

    Mario Balotelli got the party started for Manchester City, while the hosts were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Jonny Evans was sent off.

    Italian striker Balotelli scored again on the hour as 10-man United simply fell apart. Sergio Aguero and David Silva were also on target for City, while Edin Dzeko scored twice to seal a landmark victory.

    The huge amount of empty seats around Old Trafford as the final whistle blew said it all.

  8. Southampton 0-9 Leicester City
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    #3 Southampton 0-9 Leicester City

    Southampton fans can be forgiven for still having nightmares about the visit from Brendan Rodgers' side back in 2019.

    The Foxes arrived at St Mary's Stadium and simply dismantled the Saints, with the defeat sending the hosts into the bottom three.

    An early Ben Chilwell goal started things off, before Ryan Bertrand was shown red on just 12 minutes for a poor challenge on Ayoze Perez.

    The floodgates then opened in a match which saw hat-tricks for Perez and Jamie Vardy, while Youri Tielemans and James Maddison were also on the scoresheet for the visitors.

  9. Liverpool 7-0 Man Utd
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    #2 Liverpool 7-0 Man Utd

    There's no doubt that Erik ten Hag enjoyed a memorable first season in charge of Manchester United. The Dutchman claimed the Carabao Cup but also saw his side produce some absolute shockers.

    The pick of the bunch has to be the abject display the Red Devils put in at Anfield against their fiercest rivals, on a day when Mohamed Salah rubbed salt into the wound by becoming the club's record Premier League scorer.

    Cody Gakpo had put Liverpool one up just before the break, before Manchester United simply fell apart in the second half and shipped another six goals.

    Darwin Nunez and Salah both bagged braces, while Roberto Firmino put the icing on the cake with goal number seven in the closing minutes.

    Losing against Liverpool is always painful for United fans, but being absolutely thrashed by the Reds means this goes down as one of the worst results in the club's history.

  10. Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal
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    #1 Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal suffered their worst defeat since 1896 when they were hammered 8-2 by a rampant Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2011.

    The Gunners were missing some key players because of injury and suspension, but that was certainly no excuse for their capitulation against the Red Devils.

    Arsenal went behind to Danny Welbeck's early goal and then saw Robin van Persie miss the chance to equalise from the spot when David de Gea saved the Dutchman's penalty.

    Ashley Young scored twice, Wayne Rooney bagged a hat-trick and there were also goals for Nani and Park-Ji sung as Manchester United went on to crush Arsene Wenger's side.

    Arsenal's embarrassment was complete when Carl Jenkinson was sent off late on, ensuring the visitors finished the game with 10 men.