Last night Manchester United faced West ham in what was the final game at Upton Park.
All United had to do was win and then again against Bournemouth at the weekend in order to guarantee themselves some involvement in the Champions League next season.
Instead, United went behind twice to a fired up West ham side and ultimately lost 3-2, despite the two-goal heroics of Anthony Martial.
The result now leaves United’s Champions League destiny in the hands of Swansea. United must still win their final game, while Swansea must do them a massive favour and beat Manchester City. Anything else and Louis van Gaal will have failed in his goal of securing Champions League football for the club, the second time in three seasons this fate will have befallen the once European giants.
While the unsavoury pre-match scenes, that saw West ham fans smash the windows of the arrival United bus, may have affected players, as suggested by manager Van Gaal, there really cannot be any excuses for the manner in which the team acquitted themselves on the field, particularly during the first half, where they were soundly trumped by a West ham side seeking to go out on a high.
After the match, fans took to Twitter in order to vent their anger at the result, with the blame being placed firmly at the feet of the embattled manager.
— Fergie's Fledglings (@RedDevilTimes) May 10, 2016
@MUFC_today That man has mortally wounded Manchester United and I don't know what else to say.
There are no words…
— Chris Wilkinson (@Chr15Wilkinson) May 10, 2016
What about this timely reminder of a quote from Sir Alex Ferguson?
Several fans praised the performances of goalkeeper David de Gea and striker Anthony Martial, with some even suggesting that they leave for Real Madrid this summer.
It is clear from the reactions online that the United faithful have lost all hope and confidence in Van Gaal.
Following last night’s loss in a must win game, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward may have been given a far easier decision to make with regard to the Dutchman’s future at the club. It might be fair to say that the only person with a vested interest in the club that is in any way happy about last night’s result is Jose Mourinho. His position is likely far stronger than it was at this time yesterday.
While Manchester United and Liverpool have long been enemies, they now have at least one common ground, that being that they both now understand the feeling of free-falling from the great heights of success.