For the first time in around 20 years, Manchester United are trapped in a state of seemingly endless despair.
So devastating was the defeat to Sunderland last night, especially after Javier Hernandez forced extra-time, that the mood at Old Trafford seems to have sunk even further than it was prior to the fixture.
The only good news was that of Juan Mata’s impending arrival.
Twitter trolls and Facebook fiends were out in force to ridicule England’s most successful club and they have a right to, given the way United have dominated the domestic scene in seasons past.
David Moyes’ face when David de Gea, one of the rare bright spots in the most miserable of seasons, conceded weakly proved particularly amusing.
Yet make no mistake. This is not the end of Manchester United.
Mata's arrival will reinvigorate the champions. As will, no doubt, the returning Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney from injury. When combined with the talented Adnan Januzaj and reliable Antonio Valencia it forms a formidable attacking quintuple.
The squad is in dire need of a revamp with Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young rumoured to be joining Anderson in departing either this month or in the summer.
What's more, the likes of Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan, Arturo Vidal, Ezequiel Garay and Dante have all been touted as possible transfer targets.
The way Moyes has handled the progress of Januzaj has been exemplary, whilst other young players could also have a part to play in this transitional period.
Nick Powell is currently thriving on loan at Wigan and could be set for a recall by the end of the month if reinforces are required. Jesse Lingard also impressed during his short stint at Birmingham City.
Wilfried Zaha could also develop into a fine attacking force for next season, with reports believing him to be on the brink of a loan move to Cardiff City.
Alas, Manchester United have an assured future. A club as grandiose as that will not die easily.
Regardless of those who want it to.
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