David Moyes' knack for breaking unwanted records was a relentless quirk of his Manchester United reign and Louis van Gaal has also presided over a few ignominious milestones.
United had not lost at home on the opening day since 1972 until Swansea won at Old Trafford last month, they have experienced their worst start to a Premier League season and on Sunday lost in the league from a two-goal lead for the first time in almost 30 years. And in 1984, another East Midlands side vanquished United.
Gordon Strachan's two goals at the City Ground, the opener from the penalty spot after a foul on Alan Brazil, put Ron Atkinson's side 2-0 up against Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest at half-time. Forest fought back through Steve Hodge and a Gary Mills equaliser before Johnny Metgod clipped in a beautiful free-kick past Gary Bailey.