Last night’s defeat to Burnley felt like a new low for Manchester United.

The performance was dismal, the fans protested before leaving early and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was bereft of ideas on how to change the game.

Some observers might feel things can only get better from rock bottom or that the result might press the club into action in the transfer market.

But could things get even worse for United in the coming games?

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The next three games

Next up, United face an away trip in the FA Cup fourth round, but the identity of their opponents remains unknown.

Tranmere will host Watford for the right to host United, meaning that Solskjaer will have limited time to prepare his squad.

United lost away at Watford around Christmas and any away trip remains challenging for Solskjaer, who has been unable to improve his side’s form on the road throughout his reign.

Then comes a trip to Manchester City, with United two goals down from the first leg of the EFL Cup semi final having been utterly dominated in the first game.

 

Before the winter break, which may provide some much-needed respite – or a perfect window in which to make a managerial change – United host a Wolves side who gave them a few scares just last week.

Wolves can overtake United in the league with a win, and if they do win at Old Trafford, the mood will be miserable heading into the international break.

United have lost their last two games without scoring a goal and the landscape could get bleaker in the next three matches across three competitions.

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The transfer window

Does anybody trust Ed Woodward to get a single deal over the line before the window slams shut?

It’s obvious now he went into the transfer window without a plan.

The club expressly said they weren’t interested in Bruno Fernandes in the summer and now he is the main man in discussions around United, although Woodward won’t pay the money Sporting are asking.

A new arrival could perhaps lift the mood around the club and give Solskjaer another option which is so sorely needed right now.

But further frustration and embarrassment looks more likely to lay ahead, which would make it three signings from three transfer windows under Solskjaer.

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