Ole is at the wheel. Viva Ronaldo. World champions twice. The Manchester United away fans remain as vocal as any in the land and they have had a good run of it too. But that fine record of 29 games without defeat came to a halt against Leicester.
There was still applause for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he went over to acknowledge their support following United’s 4-2 defeat at the King Power Stadium. But how long can performances such as this one be tolerated as expectations rise?
Almost three years into the job, the early signs this season suggest that Manchester United are still not good enough to compete for the title. Eight games in and they are adrift of the three favourites – three teams all coached by Champions League winning managers.
There can be no talk of misfortune. The performances have been poor. Everton could have won at Old Trafford, the win at Wolves was scarcely deserved, and the late victory over West Ham required a late goal and a penalty save from David de Gea.
Solskjaer was quick to stress that it is allowed for his goalkeeper to make saves but the problem for United is that sometimes the individual heroics will not be enough. De Gea was just as impressive again at Leicester and yet he still conceded four goals.