Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 loss at home to Leeds United in the 3rd round of the Fa Cup in 2010.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says losing to Leeds United at home in the 3rd round of the 2010 FA Cup was a terrible loss and a nightmare for the fans.
The Red Devils were at the time reigning Premier League champions whereas the Whites, on the other hand, were in a financial mess and battling for promotion from League One.
The two scenarios couldn’t have been much different, yet the performance on the pitch from both teams certainly didn’t reflect their status at the time.
A fired up Leeds side pushed United hard on their own patch and former striker Jermaine Beckford stunned the Old Trafford crowd by firing in the only goal of the game.
Despite Leeds still being a household name in football, it’s undeniable that at that particular moment in time their victory over their rivals ranked among the biggest shocks in recent FA Cup history.
Scholes, an absentee that day, admits that such occurrences in the FA Cup do happen and puts his former side’s loss to Leeds down to wholesale changes to the first-team.
“During my time at United, we only went out once in the third round and that was against Leeds United, then of League One, in 2010,” Scholes told The Independent.
“It was a terrible result, coming at Old Trafford, and a nightmare for our supporters whose rivalry with Leeds does not require further explanation.”
“That kind of result is hard to explain, but all I can say is that when you make wholesale changes to a side there is always the possibility that the performance will falter.”
United travel to League One side Yeovil this weekend in the knowledge that the FA Cup remains their last opportunity of silverware this season.
Struggling Yorkshire outfit Leeds, in contrast, will see Sunday’s trip to Sunderland as the least of their worries as starving off relegation in the Championship is their number one priority.