Alex Livesey/Getty Images
David Moyes looked the loneliest man inside Old Trafford on Sunday.
His team's defeat in a competition that could rescue United's season was only a footnote in this story.
Moyes has been let down by his board and employers. As United fight to keep their heads above water, Moyes has been left in shark-infested waters in a leaking ship.
The failure to strengthen the squad at all costs as the greatest manager in history leaves the club is wholly unforgivable.
Ed Woodward has not covered himself in glory in his new position at Manchester United, and it could be that the loss of David Gill will be more costly to the club than that of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Moyes has struggled with what he has been left with. A banquet is just an empty room when the meal is over.
At the last minute the club purchased a player Moyes knows very well, but it was clear that Marouane Fellaini was not his first choice.
The Glazers now need to reach deep into their pockets and spend.
They need to show the world that their club and their brand are still one of the strongest in the world, and they can only do this by bringing in world-class talent to the team.
Will they do such a thing? Their future success or failure will answer that question very soon.
The Glazers are not gamblers. To leave this squad in its current state would be the biggest gamble they have ever taken.