Manchester United's recent 4-0 loss away to Everton marked a crisis behind the scenes at the club. Just days prior, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer questioned the commitment of his players following a spell of lacklustre performances.
United's poor form has shown the issues at the club span far beyond the manager in charge. Fans were blown away by the side's turnaround in form and new-found positive style of football in the games following Solskjaer's appointment.
After slumping back into a state of crisis, criticisms are now being directed towards the players and, most notably, the club's board of directors.
United appointed Solskjaer as interim manager after sacking Jose Mourinho in December 2018. The latter stages of Mourinho's reign was a miserable time for all involved with the club.
The Special One became infamous for his public criticisms of players and uninspiring tactics. Many thought this was simply Mourinho being his usual melodramatic self.
- Rashford 'not as humble as was before'
- Inside Man Utd's dressing room
- Which Man Utd players should be axed
However, some quotes throughout his time at Old Trafford show the club is truly in a bad state. As per Manchester Evening News, here are some remarks that haven't aged well at all:
Sep 2017 - Post-Fergie decline
"There was an evolution in the other clubs; there was no evolution in this club.
"In all areas that make a team successful, I think we stopped in time. That was quite an empty period for the club."
Despite winning the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League in Mourinho's first season, it's safe to say United didn't capitalise on this promising opening campaign.
The following season saw United finish second in the Premier League, but the Red Devils haven't won a piece of silverware since May 2017.
Dec 2017 - Time and patience needed more than money
"I won't take away from what Manchester City are doing, but it's difficult to compete with them.
"Sometimes you don't have that financial... I don't say potential because I think we have it - but not that profile of club where there are no limits.
"There is only one way to compete, which is patience and time."
Both United and City have been the Premier League's highest-spenders in the last decade. But the clear disparity in form between the two shows that spending big may not be the long-term solution for United.
July 2018 - reinforcements needed
"This is not our squad. Reinforcements, you mean players that I would like to buy, that's another thing. But this is not my squad.
"I would like two more players. I don't think I'm going to have two, possibly only one. I gave my club a list of five names a few months ago."
Mourinho was left frustrated by the lack of players he had at his disposal after the 2018 World Cup.
United's only recruitments that summer were Diogo Dalot and Fred - a disappointing window given the calibre of names the club were linked with.
This case shows the board did not back Mourinho's vision. And there's nothing stopping the same happening to Solskajer.
Oct 2018 - Defence isn't good enough
"We are not as solid as I would like, we do not have the killer instinct I would like.
"For us, it is almost impossible to keep a clean sheet even with a phenomenal goalkeeper."
If there's one thing fans can agree with Mourinho on, it's that the side's back-line has been woeful.
Supporters have grown frustrated at the consistently poor performances from the likes of Ashley Young, Phil Jones and more. Solskjaer being forced to play Victor Lindelof at right-back for the past two games shows just how badly United need to improve their defence.
While drawing attention to these quotes isn't likely to provoke complete sympathy for Mourinho from fans. It certainly highlights there are problems that stem from deep within the club.News Now - Sport News