Nothing special about United

Nothing special about United
DOWN AND OUT: David de Gea (above) failing to keep out Yohan Cabaye's winner for Newcastle.

MAN UNITED 0

NEWCASTLE 1

(Yohan Cabaye 61)

After months of skirting around it, surely now is the time to accept a painfully obvious reality.

Manchester United are ordinary, so very ordinary.

They could dismiss the 1-0 home defeat by Everton in midweek as just "one of those days".

But there can be no hiding from an anaemic performance at Old Trafford on Saturday, where Newcastle humbled them by the same scoreline.

Perhaps it is not time to press the panic button just yet, but there has to be an inquest on a flat display so characteristic of their Premiership campaign.

David Moyes can blame the loss on a deflected goal, a legitimate penalty shout that was turned down by the official and the absence of the in-form but suspended Wayne Rooney.

But the simple truth remains that they just were not good enough, not only on Saturday but also since the Premiership season began in August.

Sir Alex Ferguson in his last moments in charge famously urged the United fans to give Moyes time, but that goodwill afforded to the former Everton boss is wearing thin.

For the first time in more than 11 years, United have lost back-to-back Premiership matches at home.

It is mid-table mediocrity for the defenders of the league crown.

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