There's always Europe for David Moyes to gain some reprieve.
The new Manchester United manager is under heavy criticism right now, as the Red Devils have dropped back-to-back home matches to Everton and Newcastle and now sit ninth in the EPL table, a whopping 13 points behind first-place Arsenal.
Things are bad at Old Trafford right now, and Moyes said on Monday that he takes "complete responsibility" for the worrying run of results, via ESPN's Richard Jolly.
Nevertheless, with a chance against Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk to win Group A of the Champions League on Tuesday, Moyes has an opportunity to at least call off the dogs for the time being.
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
When: Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. GMT)
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Match Forecast (via Bloomberg Sports)
Manchester United: 66.8 percent
Shakhtar Donetsk: 12.9 percent
Draw: 20.3 percent
Top Storyline: What Will United's Starting XI Look Like?
The Red Devils were thin against Newcastle, and as the Red Mancunian's Twitter feed pointed out, there were still several players missing from training on Monday morning:
[Training] Michael Carrick, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini and Patrice Evra all missed media training this morning. #MUFC— RedMancunian (@RedMancunian) December 9, 2013
Some of those players could obviously still suit up, but remember, this isn't a must-win match for United. They have already clinched a spot in the knockout stages, and all they need to do to win the group and avoid a European heavyweight is manage a draw.
Still, if Moyes loses a third straight fixture at Old Trafford, which would be the first such instance since 1962, things are going to get extra nasty. Even though he technically doesn't need to win this match, he would be well-advised to approach it like any other fixture of high importance.
It will be intriguing to see what happens.
Will any of the players who missed training (throw Shinji Kagawa into this group, although he returned to training) be pushed into action, or are we going to see youngsters like Adnan Januzaj, Wilfried Zaha and Alexander Buttner on the European stage attempting to turn around the Red Devils' recent woes?
What will be the match result?
This Manchester United side just isn't the same without guys like Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, but with Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney (who missed Saturday's contest against Newcastle) up front, there is still enough attacking talent to give Donetsk plenty of problems.
Despite the struggles, the Red Devils have been terrific in Champions League play (see the recent 5-0 away win against Bayer Leverkusen as proof), and with the added urgency created by the last two matches, they will come out with more energy and grab a decisive three points.
Manchester United 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 0