Manchester United were poor. Poor to the point that they appeared not to have a clue what they were doing. The players could not even muster a fight against Manchester City. Both Marouane Fellaini and Rio Ferdinand, the main culprits who succumbed to rather than abated the City pressure, indicative of the growing malaise that is engulfing the club.
How a team which claimed the Premier League title just less than a year ago has fallen so far is anyone's guess, but the most likely reason must be to do with the manager.
David Moyes is, to be frank, out of his depth at United. Why Alex Ferguson appointed him as the boss seems more and more staggering with every passing day. Even more amazing is the fact that the Glazers allowed Fergie to decide who would act as his replacement.
The increasing problems United face are rooted in such indulgence. Had their been a proper interview process for more than a single candidate and Moyes was still declared the choice, then in retrospect his appointment would be, if not understandable, at least justifiable.
In the end who can blame United fans for expressing their dissatisfaction, which is no longer just trained on Moyes.
They are starting to criticise Ferguson and too right they should. It is about time the Scotsman is held accountable for United's plight. To get such a crucial decision in Manchester United's history wrong could well undo a lot of the good he has done for the club and by implication significantly dent his legacy.
David Moyes seems to have set Manchester United on a rapid decline that looks unlikely to be arrested. Will this ultimately reflect negatively on Alex Ferguson's reputation?