Jose Mourinho probably thought managing Manchester United would be a walk in the park after signing the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic before winning his first four competitive matches in charge of the Red Devils.
However, after the events of the past five days, the Portuguese coach must now realise the size of the job he faces to help United return to the top of English and, indeed, European football.
Mourinho’s men were outclassed by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City last weekend, but that result was far less embarrassing than this evening’s 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord in the Europa League.
In the home country of their former manager, United’s performance was positively Louis van Gaal-esque.
They looked sluggish, struggled to create any notable goalscoring opportunities and didn’t deserve anything from the match.
United break unwanted record
Mourinho also helped United break an unwanted record, in the process.
For the first time ever, according to Opta, the Red Devils have lost four successive European away games in a row.
How the 'record' was broken
That run started under Van Gaal last December when United suffered a 3-2 defeat against Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena.
The Premier League giants subsequently dropped into the Europa League, from the Champions League, and slumped to one of the most humiliating defeats in their recent history: a 2-1 defeat against FC Midtjylland.
United advanced to the next round of the Europa League after smashing the Danish minnows 5-1 at Old Trafford, but only ended up enduring more misery.
This time it was their bitter rivals, Liverpool, who beat them 2-0 at Anfield.
By losing in the Netherlands this evening, United have now set a new record.
Will it be five in a row?
Their next European away match? Robin van Persie’s Fenerbahce on November 3.
Surely it won’t be five defeats in a row, will it?
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