It is easy to forget now that it started so well.
When Jose Mourinho waved goodbye to his players before the first international break at the end of August, United had won four out of four.
A derby defeat to Manchester City was still two weeks away and everything, up until then, had gone smoothly- Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw were playing well, too.
He may not even have a place in the team at the moment if Daley Blind wasn’t needed in the middle.Matteo Darmian fared little better and it was notable that he didn't manage to complete a cross all night.
Valencia and Shaw were two of Mourinho’s big positives in August. More than that, the way they played crucial as United started with four wins from four games.
Mourinho’s team were neither as they slumped to defeat on Thursday night.
The ball was very rarely wide, and the pattern of play, if one was there at all, was very different to those early wins against Leicester, Bournemouth and Southampton.
The mood is much less positive this time.