The second derby humiliation of the season had a lot in common with the capitulation against Liverpool of just 10 days earlier, none more so in the way United imploded under pressure and collapsed against a top side.


There were, of course, similarities in the way the team approached both games, devoid of a plan and bereft of any ideas worth their name, not to mention the usual lack of endeavour that has become a quintessential characteristic of the David Moyes' era at Manchester United.


Both results, however, had something else in common: a rousing sense of defiance emanating from the fans at Old Trafford, who got behind their players – many of whom, by the way, do not deserve the support they've been granted – and roared them on, despite the shambolic performances that unfolded on the pitch.


There was no escaping the harsh reality, though. Whereas “20 times, 20 times Man United” was sung with celebratory gusto last season, this year it has come to represent something to still be proud in spite of the football, not because of it.


Tellingly, though, even during the inspired comeback against Olympiakos, there was no vocal support for David Moyes. The United manager, whose name was sung incessantly from the start of the season up until about a month ago, was simply afforded a cold indifference by the fans – and not even that by the man in the South Stand who made his feelings clear during the 3-0 defeat against City.


For months now, Moyes has spoken of this being a “transitional season” and of how different United are from other clubs, for they give their manager time and are do not buckle under public pressure when it comes to take decisions, however crucial they might be.


It's almost as if the United manager is trying to convince himself as much as anyone else that he'll be in charge next season.


Perhaps Moyes assumes that once the Premier League clock is reset back to zero at the end of the campaign, his and United's travails will magically disappear, once their transtional season is behind them.


The problem, unfortunately for Moyes and for the fans who have had to endure a fall of grace so swift and spectacular that makes Liverpool's last two decades look like sustained success, is that there are no guarantees that next season will be different, if not better, from the current one.


Granted, reinforcements are needed and have been needed for about five or six seasons now, but even admitting that Moyes will be able to convince some of Europe's finest footballers to train under Jimmy Lumsden and Steve Round – which he will not – he'd still have an awful long gap to bridge.
Ammassing great players in a team as if they were expensive cars parked in a garage is not a recipe for success and if Moyes really believes otherwise, then he's utterly and totally failed to grasp what the club which he still occasionally refers to as “them” stands for.


We can pontificate, analyse and dissect the players' and the club's faults – and there will plenty of scope for many – but the bottom line is that however far from the Premier League's elite the current crop of players is and regardless of how inept the club's hierarchy is, the squad at Moyes' disposal could do so much better than this.


Furthermore, Moyes precluded himself the opportunity to use the squad's lack of quality back in September when, asked if he regretted signing only Marouane Fellaini, he replied: “Did we miss out on a lot of our targets? No. Was it disappointing? No.”


United have scored the same amount of goals at home of relegation favourites Cardiff and Fulham, have picked up five points from a possible 24 against Arsenal, City, Liverpool and Chelsea and have scored only once at Old Trafford against those teams.


As if this wasn't harrowing enough, we haven't even been afforded the luxury of seeing a team falling valiantly in the face of adversity, for United's football this season has been utterly dire and archaic, characteristics normally peculiar of a team bereft of identity.


A transitional season has gone from bad to worse, with United regressing with each day they spent under Moyes, rather than slowly coming to life under their new manager and the romantic appointment has failed in every aspect.


Since he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in July, Moyes has repeated ad nauseam that United had tried to sign players he wanted last summer. He argued after every chastening defeat that the players had tried their best and had tried to lure us into a false sense of hope by claiming that they would try even harder to rectify their mistakes. He even went as far as saying that the whole club was trying hard to overcome the shock generated by Fergie's departure.


Well, David, I tell you what. The fans have also tried, some more than others, to give you time, patience and support but there comes a time, in every walk of life, when persisting with something just for the sake of persisting stops being pointless and becomes detrimental and calamitous.


So, before this gets any worse, please pack your bags and go. Rather than “The Chosen One”, you were “The Wrong Choice” and if it is of any consolation we all know it's not just you who's to blame for this almighty mess.


by @mufc_dan87