An XI of players who helped their teams recover from maulings

Editor F365
A scoreboard and Robin van Persie celebrating with Andrey Arshavin

Norwich and Manchester United will hope to put humbling defeats behind them immediately. Both have form for it – just ask Harry Maguire.

Manchester United and Norwich City fans will be hoping their respective sides can recover quickly after their horror shows last weekend. Both teams have form for picking up a win after a thrashing and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needs a victory if he’s going to keep his job.

Here’s a team made up from players who helped their side get a positive result in their next league fixture following a mauling.


Goalkeeper: Mark Crossley
A 7-0 thrashing at the hands of reigning champions Blackburn Rovers was Nottingham Forest’s first defeat of the 1995/96 campaign. Forest keeper Mark Crossley had a day to forget but he put on a fine display against title contenders Manchester United a week later. The Welshman’s heroics included a double save to keep out Andy Cole and Paul Scholes, as Frank Clark’s side fought valiantly to hold on to a one-goal lead. An Eric Cantona penalty eventually earned the Red Devils a point, but Crossley had more than made up for his seven-goal nightmare from the previous weekend. If you fancy a goalkeeper challenge, try naming the Spurs keeper who conceded six against Sheffield United in the 1992/93 season, before keeping a clean sheet in the next league match.


Right-back: Denis Irwin
Sunday’s horror show against Liverpool wasn’t the first time a Manchester United side ended up on the wrong side of a 5-0 scoreline. Newcastle’s famous five-star display against Alex Ferguson’s men in October 1996 was followed up by an embarrassing 6-3 defeat to Southampton. However, stronger resilience was to come in the 1999/2000 season. A shocking 5-0 loss to Chelsea threatened to herald another bleak October for the Red Devils but they recovered in the following game against Watford. Irish legend Denis Irwin put United 3-0 up on the stroke of half-time to confirm there was no lasting hangover.


Centre-back: Harry Maguire
Sunday’s game brought back memories of Manchester United’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham last season and the beaming figure of Jose Mourinho on the sidelines. United fans will be hoping Spurs are on the receiving end of a recovery this time, with Newcastle the victims of a Red Devil retaliation last year. The Magpies went 1-0 up but a thumping header from under-fire United skipper Harry Maguire sent Solskjaer’s side on their way to a 4-1 win.


Centre-back: Fabricio Coloccini
Newcastle United suffered their own Liverpool-induced nightmare back in the 2012/13 season. A 6-0 thrashing left morale low at St. James’ Park, especially as the Magpies had already been on the receiving end of a 7-3 drubbing from Arsenal earlier on in the campaign. However, Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini returned from injury in the following game and his presence gave the side a much-needed boost as they battled to keep a clean sheet against West Ham.

Andy Carroll and Fabricio Coloccini


Left-back: Mark Bowen
Norwich’s heavy defeat to Chelsea at the weekend wasn’t the only time they’ve been hit for seven. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Norwich became the first team to concede seven in the Premier League era after a 7-1 loss to newly-promoted Blackburn Rovers in 1992. However, it may come as a shock that the Canaries were fighting for the title that season and they recovered from the set-back with a 2-1 win against QPR. Welsh defender Mark Bowen gave Norwich the lead with a penalty just after half-time.


Defensive midfield: Leroy Fer
Over 20 years later it was unlucky number seven for Norwich yet again, with a resounding loss to Manchester City at the Etihad in November 2013. The Canaries responded well, though, coming from behind to defeat West Ham 3-1 a week later. Leroy Fer’s fine goal in injury time made sure of all three points and helped Norwich climb out of the relegation zone.


Winger: Pedro
Manchester City haven’t restricted the thrashings to relegation contenders in recent years, with fellow big boys Chelsea on the end of a 6-0 thumping in the 2018/19 campaign. The Blues got knocked out of the FA Cup the following weekend and then lost out to City again in the League Cup final. Maurizio Sarri’s men returned to Premier League action in late February with a point to prove. London rivals Spurs were the victims as Chelsea got back to winning ways, with Spanish star Pedro opening the scoring.


Winger: Benito Carbone
Sheffield Wednesday made a poor start to the 1997/98 campaign, picking up just one point from their first four games. The last of those fixtures was a demoralising 7-2 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Mercurial Italian Benito Carbone bagged both of the consolation gaols for the Owls and he helped David Pleat’s side turn things around a few days later with a penalty in a 1-0 win over Leicester.


Attacking midfield: Andrey Arshavin
Arsenal fans knew things had taken a downward turn when Ferguson started sympathising with his old foe Arsene Wenger following Manchester United’s 8-2 demolition job against the Gunners early on in the 2011/12 season. However, a much-needed slice of luck put Arsenal back on track in their next league match against Swansea, with Andrey Arshavin reacting quickly to score the only goal of the game after Swans keeper Michel Vorm inexplicably managed to bounce the ball off Angel Rangel into the Russian’s path.


Striker: Paulo Wanchope
Manchester United made fools of West Ham on April 1, 2000, hammering the Hammers 7-1 at Old Trafford. Paulo Wanchope gave Harry Redknapp’s side a shock lead but the Red Devils quickly turned things around. The Costa Rican star put things right in their next league fixture, scoring both goals in 2-1 win against Newcastle before bagging another brace in a victory over former side Derby County a few days later.


Striker: Javier Hernandez
Solskjaer will be hoping Manchester United can repeat the resilience of Ferguson’s side a decade ago. Noisy neighbours Manchester City upset the reigning champions with a resounding 6-1 win at Old Trafford early in the 2011/12 season to set a huge marker in the title race. However, the Red Devils bounced back well by winning eight of their next nine matches, starting with a 1-0 win over Everton. Mexican striker Javier Hernandez pounced with a poacher’s effort in the first half to improve Fergie’s mood.

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