Manchester United had 10 corners during the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Tuesday, but unsurprisingly failed to convert, continuing a record that now stands at well over a year
It was hardly the most remarkable of goals – Harry Maguire nodding in a second half header as Manchester United suffered a sobering home defeat to Sheffield United.
That was January 27, 2021, and remarkably that was the last time a Red Devils player scored a Premier League goal from a corner.
After failing to convert one of their 10 corners against Burnley, United remained in a very exclusive club, as the only top flight team to have yet to score from one.
Almost 400 days have passed since that Maguire goal and in celebration of one of the more unwanted streaks in recent seasons, Mirror Football takes a look at everything that has happened whilst United still try to do the seemingly impossible.
Solskjaer out and Rangnick in
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have no idea that the goal against the Blades would be the last time one of his players managed to bag from a corner, but so it came to pass.
In the remainder of 2021, United reached the quarter final of the FA Cup, the final of the Europa League and finished as runners-up in the Premier League.
Solskjaer hired set-piece specialist Eric Ramsay in July, hoping to replicate the likes of Liverpool and Man City.. Fair to say it’s been slow progress.
There was enough time for Solskjaer’s Old Trafford tenure to unravel in spectacular fashion, culminating in the 4-1 defeat at Watford, the final match of his reign.
Ralf Rangnick has since been named as his successor and has overseen more than two months without a goal from a corner himself.
Ronaldo almost went to City, returned to Man Utd
The fact that signing Cristiano Ronaldo – one of the greatest aerial threats of his generation – hasn’t reversed the trend is pretty alarming.
The saga that led to his United return seems an age ago now, with the Portuguese icon flying over to Turin with many speculating whether it would be to play in the sky blue of Manchester City.
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At the start of September, the 37-year-old became the most prolific scorer in international men’s football with a brace against Republic of Ireland.
Ronaldo also has 14 United goals since signing on the dotted line, but none from a corner…obviously.
England reached the Euro 2020 final
It’s all like a hazy dream now…close your eyes and you can almost hear the distant hum of an out-of-tune rendition of Sweet Caroline.
Few need reminding how that tournament played out, England beat Germany, Ukraine and Denmark on the way to the final, before Italy added a new chapter to the long, illustrious history of penalty heartbreak for the Three Lions.
There was also the disturbing scenes involving Christian Eriksen, who in Denmark’s opener vs Finland collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest.
He has had time to be fitted with an implantable device to monitor his heart, returned to training with Inter, ended his contract with the Italians and signed for Brentford.
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There were a fair few tears at Wembley that day and even more when Lionel Messi confirmed his exit from Barcelona.
The only thing that appeared more unlikely than United managing to take advantage of a corner was Messi leaving Barca after more than 20 years at the Camp Nou.
But thanks to chronic financial mismanagement, the Argentine swapped Catalonia for Paris and PSG to make-up the most feared front three of all time.
And away from football…
Jackie Weaver’s five minutes of fame
At the start of February, the UK became embroiled in the biggest political scandal since ‘Watergate’…did Jackie Weaver have the authority?
A Handforth Parish Council meeting isn’t normally the setting for such explosive content…but in fairness, we were in lockdown, and bored.
A year in the life of Boris Johnson
February 22, Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared the ‘end of the coronavirus pandemic is in sight’.
Life back to normal by June 21 was the plan. We know how that one ended.
And it’s been a busy year for the Prime Minister, who has managed to squeeze in controversies over weekly parties, wallpapers, lies about the leader of the opposition Keir Starmer, taking the knee, pilot schemes and U-turns.
He also managed to have his second child with partner Carrie Johnson.
Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview
More than 12m viewers tuned in for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive interview with the queen of chat Oprah Winfrey.
Allegations about the Royal Family were raised, as the two lifted the lid on life in the world’s most famous family.
The two had already confirmed their move to the US and told the Queen they would not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.
In June, they welcomed their second child, Lilibbet, with that also raising controversy, for some reason.
Line of Duty came to an end
While question marks remain over what United actually do to constitute set-piece training, the biggest question of 2021 was arguably ‘Wait, THEY ARE H??’.
After six spectacular seasons, the groundbreaking BBC drama came to an end as AC12 finally cracked the long running mystery.
After almost 20 years, the cast of one of the biggest sitcoms in the history of TV were back together.
James Corden hosted proceedings, with the likes of Justin Bieber and David Beckham getting involved.
It also introduced the world to 2021 Matt Le Blanc, which was simply wonderful.
The Fairytale in New York
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Emma Raducanu made history as the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam as the 19-year-old cruised to the US Open title.
Raducanu didn’t drop a set on her way to the triumph, becoming just the second Brit to win one of tennis’ top four tournaments since 1977.
England‘s Ashes nightmare
The less said, the better. We’ll always have that drawn fourth test though!
You know the game, five letters, get there in six guesses. It has taken over social media feeds in a matter of weeks with the New York Times ultimately buying the rights for seven figures.
A football team with six letters who haven’t scored a corner in 13 months? U.N.I.T.E.D.