Quite often in football, the final outcome can flatter the winning side. That absolutely wasn't the case at Old Trafford on Sunday where Liverpool were several classes apart from United.
The Premier League era is rightly regarded as a highly successful one for United - after all, they won 13 titles between 1993 and 2013 - but they have been on the receiving end of some thrashings too and that list has just grown a little longer.
Manchester United were humiliated 5-0 by Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday - but where does the result rank among their worst Premier League embarrassments?
The Old Trafford scoreboard told you everything you needed to know about the performance
Even Sir Alex Ferguson's great teams weren't immune from an off-day and certainly his successors in the dug-out endured their fair share too.
None less than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has suffered several indignities during his near three years in the Old Trafford hotseat.
So where does Sunday's result rank in the top 10 United humblings during the Premier League era?
10. Middlesbrough 4 Manchester United 1
October 29, 2005
What is most surprising looking back on this shocker on Teesside is that United actually had a decent team out for what is widely considered a 'transitional' period under Fergie.
Among the starters were Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Edwin van der Sar and Ruud van Nistelrooy, while a young Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench.
There were certainly worse sides fielded by United during that period but this October night at the Riverside was just a comedy of errors.
John O'Shea, Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand (left to right) are stunned as United lose 4-1 at Middlesbrough in October 2005
Van der Sar let Gaizka Mendieta's shot slip through his fingers for the opener wile Ferdinand's error led to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink doubling the lead.
Kieran Richardson conceded a penalty which Yakuku converted for 3-0 and Mendieta made it four before a Ronaldo consolation.
'It was a shocking performance. We conceded some terrible goals and we cannot afford to do that with what we are trying to achieve,' fumed Fergie.
Even at that relatively early stage of the campaign, it was obvious United weren't going to keep up with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. They would end up second, eight points behind, but their strength was building again.
Edwin van der Sar watches on helplessly as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scores Boro's second
9. Manchester United 1 Liverpool 4
March 14, 2009
This was a rare season when both United and Liverpool went up against one another in the Premier League title race.
There was certainly no love-lost between Ferguson and Rafa Benitez and the Spaniard's infamous 'facts' press conference two months earlier suggested mind games weren't his speciality.
United looked to be streaking away with the title in March but Liverpool certainly checked their progress with a memorable victory at Old Trafford.
Fernando Torres ran Nemanja Vidic and United's defence ragged as Liverpool won 4-1 in 2009
Nemanja Vidic spent the afternoon chasing but not quite catching Fernando Torres with the United defender's frustrations ultimately ending up in a red card for dragging down Steven Gerrard.
A Ronaldo penalty had United ahead in the first-half but Liverpool roared back with Torres equalising and then Gerrard's penalty after Patrice Evra fouled the Reds captain.
Fabio Aurelio brilliantly curled home the free-kick that resulted from the Vidic red and Andrea Dossena ran straight through to add a fourth in stoppage time.
When United lost at Fulham the following weekend, Liverpool had cause to hope they may hunt them down.
But Federico Macheda's 93rd-minute winner against Aston Villa gave United a second wind and in the end they romped to the title by four points.
Liverpool fired in four goals at Old Trafford but couldn't change the outcome of the title race
8. Chelsea 4 Manchester United 0
October 23, 2016
Just a couple of months into Jose Mourinho's tenure at United and a visit to his old club was supposed to show how much progress had been made.
Instead, Chelsea ran riot to leave him humiliated as a gleeful Stamford Bridge crowd sang 'you're not special any more' at the man who'd delivered them so much success.
United just weren't at the races and conceded just 30 seconds in when Pedro waltzed through the back line to score.
Jose Mourinho was humiliated on his first return to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United
Pedro rounds David de Gea to score for Chelsea after only 30 seconds - the first of four goals
Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante sealed a thoroughly one-sided win and the goal tally could easily have been much higher.
It was the heaviest defeat suffered by a Mourinho team since Real Madrid lost 5-0 to Barcelona in 2010.
Antonio Conte's Chelsea were only getting going as it transpired and they won the Premier League title with ease.
Mourinho's United limped into sixth place but they won the EFL Cup and the Europa League. They are the last pieces of silverware in the United trophy cabinet.
The result showed how much rebuilding needed to be done for new United boss Mourinho
7. Everton 4 Manchester United 0
April 21, 2019
Solskjaer may have done enough to earn the United job permanently but his honeymoon period was well and truly over by the time of this thrashing.
Everton ruthlessly exposed all the shortcomings of a United side that had found themselves on a real roll under the Norwegian a couple of months earlier.
But a Champions League exit to Barcelona, a FA Cup defeat at Wolves and league losses to Arsenal and Wolves saw dark clouds begin to obscure the clear blue skies.
Paul Pogba remonstrates with his team-mates as United are thrashed 4-0 by Everton in 2019
And this result just underlined the scale of the rebuilding job Solskjaer would need to complete post-Mourinho.
Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott were all on target to seriously dent United's top four ambitions and it was the prelude to a dreadful end to the season that saw them finish sixth in the end.
At one stage United managed to string three passes together and received ironic cheers from their travelling fans at Goodison Park.
It was an abject performance even worse than the one on the same ground that led to David Moyes being fired in 2014.
Solskjaer offers a hand of apology to the travelling United fans at Goodison after a bad result
6. Southampton 6 Manchester United 3
October 26, 1996
Not the finest week in the history of Manchester United. Six days after that 5-0 beating at the hands of Newcastle (more on that later), they went to The Dell and shipped six to Southampton.
The previous season, Ferguson's team had gone to the same ground and been forced to ditch their grey kits at half-time because the players couldn't see one another.
David Beckham slides in but can't halt Eyal Berkovic as Southampton smashed United for six
This time they took the field in blue and white stripes but were even worse. It wasn't helped by Roy Keane's 20th-minute red card at just 1-0 down but even so, to concede six to a relegation-threatened team like Southampton was shocking.
Eyal Berkovic and Egil Ostenstad scored twice each, Matt Le Tissier inevitably got on the scoresheet and a Phil Neville own goal was a further