Manchester United are two points above the relegation zone - they're 100/1 to go down

Newcastle United v Manchester United - Premier League

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is clinging onto his job by a thread after Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle. 

Local boy Matty Longstaff scored a long-range winner in the 72nd minute to give Steve Bruce his first ever managerial victory over the club where he enjoyed so much success as a player. 

The Magpies badly needed the three points, having won one league game all season prior to kick-off.

A sorry state of affairs - but Solskjaer arguably needed them more. 

United are officially on their worst run of form away from home since 1989, failing to win their last 11 on the road in all competitions. 

It's the first time they have gone eight away league games without a victory in Premier League history. 

On top of that, the football was absolutely dire for the majority.

We are talking about Manchester United Football Club, the 20-time champions of England. 

It's long been apparent that they are nowhere near challenging at the top of the table. 

Yet it's starting to become clear *just* how far they have fallen from grace. 

The result in the north-east leaves them just two points above the relegation zone. 

Newcastle United v Manchester United - Premier League

Next up, they face league-leaders Liverpool, who have won all eight of their opening games this season and sit eight points clear at the summit. 

Should they lose that game - more like 'when', at this rate - they could slip as low as 16th depending on results elsewhere. 

If fate went against them, they'd only avoid the drop-zone altogether because Sheffield United are playing after them and Aston Villa and Brighton - two of the teams below them - are playing each other. 

At least the international break is going to spare them for now. 

But Manchester United in the Championship? Surely not. 

According to Oddschecker, bet365 are offering odds of just 100/1 for the Red Devils to go down.

Newcastle United v Manchester United - Premier League

For those of us who grew up in the Sir Alex Ferguson era, it's genuinely unthinkable. 

Plenty might be tempted to put a pound on that unless something changes soon. 

The last time they were relegated was 1974 under Tommy Docherty. 

Imagine a cold night at Old Trafford watching Barnsley, Brentford, and Luton Town...

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