Another rotten day for David Moyes, whose desperation for a win was epitomised by the selection of an unfit Robin van Persie in attack. It's looking pretty worrying indeed...
It's all very well getting giggly and excited about the World Cup, but what of the social cost to Brazil? Do FIFA have a responsibility to ensure accord and sustainability..?
The reaction to Thiago Alcantara's move to Bayern Munich tells us more about how David Moyes is perceived than his actual ability to attract top targets to Manchester United. Thiago's decision has been taken by many to be confirmation that Moyes lacks the requisite pulling power in his new role, but in truth this transfer hinged on factors beyond the manager's control.
There appears to be some confusion that United lost out to Bayern because of Pep Guardiola declaring his interest on Thursday, with the haste at which the deal was concluded suggesting that the English champions were guilty of dragging their feet. However, does anyone truly believe that Guardiola waited until last week to express his interest in 'the only player' he wanted to sign? The call to Thiago will have been made long before and, as soon as it was, United were always facing a losing battle.
It should be abundantly clear that there was nothing United could offer Thiago that would have given them an advantage over Bayern. Not only did the Bundesliga champions hold an ace in Thiago's former mentor, but they are also currently a more attractive proposition in terms of their ability to compete for European honours, participating in three of the last four Champions League finals and lifting the trophy in May.
Furthermore, Guardiola has also indicated that Thiago will be as much a key part of his Bayern team as he would have proved to be at Old Trafford. The Spanish Under-21 star is not going to Germany to sit on the bench - as many United fans seem to believe - and everything his manager has said hints that the 22-year-old will be afforded the playing time he desires ahead of next year's World Cup. As well as being his only target (following the acquisition of Mario Gotze), Guardiola has also discussed Thiago's ability to play in several positions and acknowledged that the sole reason he chose to leave Barcelona is for regular first-team football.
The hysterical reaction of a number of United supporters has seen concerns over Moyes' pulling power projected on to a situation in which that issue is largely irrelevant. That this particular rumour also relates to a midfielder has only made things worse for the new manager, but United's current lack of options in that area is down to Sir Alex Ferguson's severe lack of forethought. It wasn't Moyes who chose to repeatedly pass up the opportunity to sign Wesley Sneijder and had Ferguson moved for Thiago last summer United could have avoided the crucial influence of Guardiola.
Perhaps the concerns over Moyes' ability to attract big names will eventually be justified, but it is impossible to judge the manager in that respect at this early stage of his tenure. Indeed, it is somewhat paradoxical that Thiago's move to Bayern was deemed inevitable as soon as Guardiola announced his interest, and yet Moyes has still been harshly criticised for his failure to sign the midfielder.
In some ways this is a free pass for United's new manager as he was clearly never going to be able to compete with Guardiola when it came to signing players from Barcelona. However, if Moyes' advances are spurned again, then the doubts over his pulling power will begin to have substance.
Matt Stanger - he's on the Twitter.