BY the end the fans did not know what to chant next. Who to shout at, whether to boo, laugh or cry.
This is modern day Manchester United.
The afternoon had started with a determined march on Old Trafford once again in protest at the owning Glazer family.
The protest had probably included just around 2,000 of those that filled Old Trafford.
The call not to enter seats until 17 minutes of the game to protest at their 17 years in charge went unheard.
Glazer out chants came and went during the game.
But then so did ‘Viva Ronaldo’ as he hit another stunning hat-trick to at least save the day on the pitch.
Nemanja Matic who had stunned the club on the eve of the game by announcing he was quitting this summer weirdly had his name chanted as he warmed up.
No doubt part-time footballer Edinson Cavani will get a cheer if he decides to play again between now and the end of the season.
Jesse Lingard who will be leaving in the summer was clapped when he was subbed after doing little or nothing.
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Conversely there were cries from one corner of ‘f*** off Pogba’ when he was subbed.
The fingers point everywhere right now, but always at The Glazers when it comes to the bottom line.
Nothing will change.
They will stay away, continue to spend the club’s money on servicing debt, continue to sign up sponsors on the back of the club’s name and no doubt continue to spend on players.
They will continue to change managers too with very soon Erik Ten Hag becoming the fifth permanent incumbent of the Old Trafford hot seat since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
And everything will just continue on and probably stay the same as Manchester City and Liverpool continue to raise the bar.
Those who wanted to make their point most verbally pre-match had headed from the Tollgate Pub down Sir Matt Busby Way and to the Munich tunnel beneath the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand.
There the Directors entrance already had the shutters down and a line of stewards was in place.
They let off flares on the way, showed their banners of protest, chanted their opposition.
It remained peaceful. And nothing will change.
They hoped things would when a year ago they got the Manchester United versus Liverpool game here called off.
It was supposed to be played behind closed doors but those doors were burst open.
The club hoped that increased fan engagement might placate them, it hasn’t.
There is an increasing air of resignation right now that this is just where United are at.
They have become Arsenal, chasing fourth, and remembering better times.
Some of the best bizarrely have come while they have owned the club as they reach three Champions League finals in four seasons between 2008 and 2011 under their charge.
They can take no credit for that, however.
That was down to Sir Alex Ferguson’s genius that managed to carry the club through the first eight years of the Glazers' ownership.
It was always a crisis waiting to happen when he left. There was no database left behind of how to continue to win titles.
He left behind a massive hole, with his man-management and control gone overnight.
The hierarchy were simply not prepared and £1billion subsequently spent on players has not even helped.
The £1billion to service the debt laid on the club by their takeover has left people feeling understandably angry.
The wheels of the red machine have been spinning in the sand while Manchester City and Liverpool have gone into fifth and six gears and disappeared over the hill.
The club is probably in a worse state now than it has been in a generation.
They have tried every sort of manager, bought every kind of player, and recruited every kind of sponsor and this is where were at on this afternoon.
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Frantically fighting to beat the bottom team to get into the top four.
So they protested. So it continues.
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