Sunday was a grim day for QPR fans.
A lifeless 4-0 defeat to Manchester United highlighted a number of daunting flaws within Harry Redknapp's squad.
And the response from pundits and former players on Twitter would not have made supporters feel any better.
QPR been poor no ambition at all in this 1st half us been waiting to be beat!— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) September 14, 2014
So far, QPR have posed little more than the passive opposition of a Friday morning training session.— David James (@jamosfoundation) September 14, 2014
QPR know this a League game, not a testimonial, don't they? #embarrassing— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) September 14, 2014
So what did we learn from QPR's 4-0 loss?
This isn't good enough
As obvious as it is to say - and as emphatically stated as it has been by the above pundits - this simply wasn't good enough from the west London side. Basic effort and discipline were lacking and a performance like that is relegation-worthy. There are no two ways about it.
Harry needs a big-game plan
To prevent any further disasters, Redknapp needs a plan for the big games. Four goals conceded after one trip to Old Trafford doesn't bode well when the Rs are yet to visit Anfield, the Emirates, Stamford Bridge and more. The same also happened at White Hart Lane just a couple of weeks ago.
The answer? Redknapp must either park the bus and truly make an effort to keep a clean sheet or go all out attack like he used to during his time in charge at Tottenham Hotspur. Either will be a vast improvement.
Vargas looks promising
There are often a small amount of positives even during a club's darkest days and one such positive for QPR today was Eduardo Vargas. He did not quite light any fires in Manchester but give him a go from the start against a less reputable team and the Chilean can make a difference for the Rs.
Similarly, Adel Taarabt's creativity would not go amiss at the moment. The Moroccan has other issues in his game but, right now, QPR need to get goals, as the same problem that haunted them last year is causing trouble this term.
Barton is a miss...
On the theme of creativity, Joey Barton created 12 chances in QPR's first three games. He missed their trip to Old Trafford and his absence was felt.
Without the midfielder, Redknapp's side looked weak in midfield and lacked someone to turn defence into attack. Again, as obvious as it is to say, the 32-year-old's impact should not be underestimated.