The records are tumbling at Manchester United - for all the wrong reasons.
United's third-round exit in the FA Cup on Sunday was last night followed by a 2-1 defeat to Sunderland in the Capital One Cup.
David Moyes' side still have the second leg of the semi-final to dig themselves out of a hole but the loss still marks the first time they have lost three in a row since 2001. It also gives United a 100% loss rate in 2014.
The torrid run has led to calls for big spending, with the Glazers reportedly ready to step in and hand Moyes a huge warchest, armed with at least £100 million.
One man who thinks the Scot may end up not spending at all, however, is former United defender - and current Hull City boss - Steve Bruce.
“Man United will give David Moyes time to build the squad and make the team better,” Bruce told talkSPORT
“If there is somebody in January who they think can make a difference then I’m sure they’ll bring them in but I wouldn’t be surprised if he just stuck it out and got the players he really wants in the summer.
“If they’re not the right standard then he’ll be thinking he’s got a strong enough squad to see the season through.”
That course of action is certainly a possibility, with Moyes previously stating that January signings would be unrealistic at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, his only venture into the transfer market so far has involved a certain Marouane Fellaini - a purchase that has failed to live up to its billing by quite some distance so far.
But Manchester United fans may not be encouraged to hear the news, with several stars having underperformed this season. Central midfield, for instance, remains a key weakness within Moyes' squad, and if not addressed then it may be a while until there is any improvement.
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