Last updated 8 months ago | By Robert Abong'o
With Champions League qualification now more or less a ‘pipe dream’, Manchester United fans have taken to social media to lament about the club.
The Red Devils suffered their third Premier League defeat in four games after going down 2-0 to Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez in each half ensured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men remained a distant fifth with 34 points, six behind fourth placed Chelsea.
Had Man United beaten Burnley, they would have moved to within 3 points of the Blues, who drew 2-2- with London rivals arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Solskjaer, beleaguered, could only console his players and applaud their effort, even though it was evident they had not done enough.
“We are working to improve and get players in and hopefully we can get something over the line — I think everyone can see these players are being stretched, they are stretched,” said Solskjaer.
For the first time, hardcore Man United fans could be seen leaving the stands even before the game ended, a sign that the club’s perfomances are starting to get on people’s nerves.
“(In the) 84th minute I saw people get up and go. That is unheard of at this stadium. Seeing people leave with disdain on their face. It is an embarrassment. The downward spiral in seven years has been remarkable,” former Man United defender Rio Ferdinand said.
On social media fans failed to hide their disappointment at Manchester United. Fans called for the sacking of club CEO Ed Woodward as others vouched for Solskjaer’s sacking. Others lamented the team’s decline in general, blaming the poor transfer strategies at the club for their lackluster performances.
Here are some reactions captured on social media:
After overspending for a decade, Manchester United decide to stand their ground and practise a conservative approach in the transfer market while going for a midfielder that will solve major creativity issues and who they need more than any player they've needed in years.
Wow. — Man United Mumbai (@ManUnitedOpini1) January 22, 2020
Many more years of mediocrity await at #ManchesterUnited. Let's all brace ourselves. 3 years off not winning the league in a decade #BURMUN #GlazersOut #WoodwardOut #GlazersOutWoodwardOut — Riaz ????????????LUHG (@RiazHamed2) January 22, 2020
???? This is, by far, the worst season of #ManchesterUnited of the last decade. #ManUtd #BURMUN #Burnley pic.twitter.com/Qir1yD9NrK — FootBall??InfoData (@FInfodata) January 22, 2020
Phil Jones starting for Manchester United in 2020 is one of the biggest scandal of the decade already.#mufc #MUNBUR #Jones #WoodwardOut #sackedwoodward — Richard Mathew (@RichfxMathew) January 22, 2020
First of all, have some shame admin foul or no foul.
Secondly, this is the worst decade to be a Man utd fan!
Embarrassing at Old Trafford.#mufc #MUNBUR pic.twitter.com/0TOBUxfwXg — ~United4Ever~ (@Irez_247) January 22, 2020