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Coventry humble Man Utd at Old Trafford

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson changed his entire team from Sunday's win against Chelsea and paid the price.

Coventry, backed by 11,000 fans, went ahead after 27 minutes when Michael Mifsud turned in Michael Doyle's cross.

And Mifsud killed off United with 20 minutes left, firing high into the net after good work from Jay Tab.

It was United's first defeat to lower league opposition on home soil since the 1995 humiliation by York City.

David Beckham and Ryan Giggs were unable to save United that night. On this occasion, it was the turn of Michael Carrick, Wes Brown and John O'Shea to squirm.

United had been the dominant side until Coventry grabbed their opener, yet Sky Blues goalkeeper Andy Marshall was not tested by the hosts who, while completely changed from the side that beat Chelsea on Sunday, still contained six full internationals.

One of them, Nani, a much-trumpeted £17million purchase from Sporting Lisbon, was a particular disappointment.

The Portugal winger got on the ball often enough but, for a player of his supposed quality, the final pass or shot was too poor to be true.

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