Just when you think Manchester United have hit rock bottom — for a club of their size, at least — they do the seemingly unthinkable and find new ways one-up (one-down?) themselves.
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Example no. 634 of this season: Thursday’s 2-1 defeat away to reigning Danish Superliga champions FC Midtjylland, in the Europa League.
Man United actually held a 1-0 lead late in the first half, courtesy of Memphis Depay‘s 37th-minute goal, but was undone by Pione Sisto’s long-range effort on 44 minutes. Paul Onuachu scored the winner for Midtjylland in the 77th minute, when his shot from yards out was deflected and perhaps briefly wrong-footed United’s backup goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, who was thrust into the lineup after David De Gea injured his shoulder during pre-game warmups.
Not only are the Red Devils currently fifth in the Premier League with little hope of finishing in the top-four — six points back of Manchester City for fourth — but they’re also now due to be without their talisman, Wayne Rooney, for up to two months after he suffered knee ligament damage in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Sunderland. Oh well, there’s still the FA Cup, where they get to play Shrewsbury Town in the fifth round on Monday, right?
Is this (finally) rock bottom for United? Will they prove us wrong once again by falling a bit further from their perch atop English (and European) football? What must Van Gaal do in order to lose his job? Can Jose Mourinho take his job yesterday? These are questions all Man United fans will undoubtedly be pondering over their tear-filled pints this evening.