Heading into their clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, there was a real sense of optimism surrounding Manchester United, who were backed by plenty to get a positive result.
Winning 10 of their previous 11 games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and going unbeaten under the Norwegian since he took over, United had been playing with the shackles off following the departure of Jose Mourinho.
Yet the performance United produced on the night didn’t resemble the qualities the team have shown over the last two months or so.
For whatever reason things just never clicked for them at Old Trafford. Whether it be the occasion of a Champions League night or simply the quality of their opponents, United were unable to find any sort of rhythm throughout the contest.
The movement in attack was not as slick as in previous weeks, Paul Pogba was nullified by a brilliant man-marking job from Marquinhos, while Marcus Rashford was an isolated figure, particularly in the second half.