Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vowed to get rid of his under-performing players after Manchester United's failure to qualify for the Champions League was confirmed following a drab 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town.
Solskajer's unnecessary and premature appointment represented a physical manifestation of the behind-the-scenes dysfunction at the club.
United have not won any of their last five games in all competitions - losing three - and end their season with a home clash against Cardiff City next week.
While Solskjær was appointed on a permanent basis after United made a major improvement under him during his interim spell, United fans have flocked to Twitter to demand that the club axe him now before it is too late.
"It's playing forward, running forward, chasing back, winning the ball back".
"My job is to work for the club", Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
Nonetheless, the problems at United run far deeper than the manager position. It is a club without direction, seemingly lurching from one crisis to another.
"Were the fans shocked when I questioned the fitness of the players?"
Six seasons have now come and gone since Sir Alex Ferguson lifted United's last Premier League title in his final campaign at the helm, with the likes of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho all failing to challenge at the top in their subsequent tenures.
The sides challenging for the Premier League title in 2018-19, Manchester City and Liverpool, were both built with a clear vision and a top-down belief in that direction under Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp, respectively.
Captain Young acknowledged that missing out on Champions League football next season is hard for United to take, even if they would rather have loftier ambitions.
It will involve major surgery to the squad with captain Antonio Valencia certain to move on and midfielders Ander Herrera and Juan Mata out of contract.
"Manchester United will always be a dream for so many".