If it wasn't for the even more humiliating capitulation of North London rivals Arsenal at Manchester United, Tottenham's own Manchester-induced Sunday nightmare would have felt even worse for the club's supporters.
While the 8-2 demolition of Arsene Wenger's side brought small comfort, it doesn't mask the issues that the Spurs must face up to after a miserable beginning to their own season.
What can be certain is that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will look to remedy some of his team's ills with some last minute forays into the transfer market before 11pm UK time Wednesday.
Whoever Redknapp can bring in to add to last week's loan signings of Emmanuel Adebayor and Yago Falqué might not necessarily be the answer to some of the tactical and selection questions raised by the losses to United and Manchester City.
But the targets that have been mooted might well be the type of player to bring in the experience and quality that might at least get the Spurs back safely on track before they completely derail.
Here are the top five players Harry Redknapp may be going after in the deadline day rush...