Manchester United may have been firmly unseated from their throne as the Premier League's signature team early on in the season, but now the club face mounting questions over whether their regional rivals Liverpool have not only knocked them off their perch, but climbed back onto their own.
From the point differential between the two clubs last season to what separates them in the current campaign, there is a 42-point swing and the difference in on-pitch quality as well as tactical nous inside the dugout was all too apparent at Old Trafford on Sunday, March 16 as Liverpool out-classed United from first whistle to last, claiming a 3-0 win and three points with a winning margin that really could have been even more damaging for the home team.
With nine defeats on their ledger in the division for this season, United have equalled the highest number of losses they've ever suffered in a Premier League season - and there are nine games still to go. The club also mustered just one shot on target, which arrived in the 44th minute - the first time they have been limited to such a paltry return since May, 2009.
Of those on the pitch, there were few players as ineffective as Robin van Persie, who was successful with zero of his take-ons, had a 0% success rate when it came to aerial challenges, created no chances and completed just 12 passes.
However, data crunchers continue to release damning statistics that compound the weekend humiliation as, when midfielder Lucas Leiva was brought on by Liverpool in the 86th minute, he completed two more passes himself than the entire United team in the same time-span.