Following the 2-1 win over Swansea City that put an end to their eight-game winless run, there were suggestions that Manchester United had turned a corner.
The Red Devils produced a much more attacking display against the Swans, and there were promising signs following their performance against Chelsea five days prior.
However, it was back to square one for Louis van Gaal and his side during their FA Cup third round tie with League One outfit Sheffield United at Old Trafford.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay5
The Dutch manager selected a strong starting line-up that included Wayne Rooney, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata.
But they laboured throughout the afternoon and it was not until the introduction of Memphis Depay that the home side showed some intent.
The unrest inside the stadium was palpable throughout the evening and the ironic cheers from supporters after 65 minutes when Memphis fired from distance summed up the emotions.
An extra-time penalty from Wayne Rooney may have put Manchester United into the fourth round, but it did little to gloss over what was another terrible performance.
Typically, the reaction on social media was huge and here are some of the best tweets.
A late penalty may have spared United's blushes, but the pressure is sure to intensify on the manager. Despite the victory, the cameras panned to Van Gaal and he looked less than happy.
Sheffield United fans were singing "you're getting sacked in the morning" just before Memphis was brought down. It may not be in the morning, but more performances like that and it won't be too long.
Should Manchester United sack Louis van Gaal? Leave your opinion below