David Moyes' comments following on from Manchester United's defeat to Olympiakos were ones which cemented his position as the tragic protagonist (or hero) at the centre of his side's Greek tragedy.
"We didn't offer enough on the night to create a goal. They have a very good home record so it wasn't unexpected," he concluded.
A disconcertingly resigned revelation from the manager of a side who are the defending Champions of the best league in Europe and three-time UEFA Champions League winners.
Like heroes in Greek tragedies - Moyes' misfortune is logically connected with his actions, namely his team selection and tactics which showed that his side continue to suffer serious misfortunes in form not because of pure misfortune but because of unforgivably poor performances.
United's aimless and passionless display in last night's match in Athens proved that they are simply not good enough, particularly when it matters.
A statistic that underlines this is the fact that the Red Devils only had one shot on target despite having over 60% of possession over the course of the game.
However, what should worry United fans even more is their manager's candid admission post-match. "That's the worst we've played in Europe, we didn't deserve to get anything."
Despite Moyes' willingness to accept his team's shortcomings is meaningless unless he is actually able to turn them into the championship winning side he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson. Let's make no qualms about it, Moyes' is left with a team which is missing the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs in their hay season.
But he does have Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, who he does not seem able to motivate well enough to play to their full potential. Aside from Van Persie's shot 10 minutes from time, United offered nothing.
If Moyes is to reverse United's fortunes he needs to do what the club have not done since 1984 - reverse a two-goal deficit from a first leg tie. The last time United did this was against Barcelona in the Cup Winners' Cup, a competition which has been superseded by the Champions League.
If Moyes is unable to rescue this tie and get United to finish in the Premier League top four, United's board must seriously consider if he is good enough to lead them back to the echelons of European football's elite.
Based on his current showing this season he may need at least 25 years. Sadly for Moyes, clubs like Manchester United cannot endure 25 years of tragedy.
Will Moyes recover from this latest setback? Or is his United adventure destined to end in tragedy?
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