On Wednesday, though, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's misfiring United side face their city rivals and they know that a win could well expedite success back to Merseyside, meaning the potentially mind-bending scenario of some Manchester United fans hoping for a Manchester City victory, as well as the frankly freakish concept of Liverpool fans rooting for their arch-rivals.
"Now is not the time to be making wholesale changes in the squad", he said.
'We let the manager speak, the staff speak and they spoke the truth.
"We hold our hands up and apologise to everyone associated with the club". This weekend, though, the two teams just seemed spent and sick of each other. You play every three days that is not the best way.
"The way we played and the performance of myself, of the team, of everyone is disrespectful", Pogba told Sky Sports.
"The last 18 games we're not far away from them [Liverpool and City], but it's doing that over a course of a season".
Everything was looking good for Manchester United on March 6. Losing a game is something really bad that we don't want to when we are in the race for the top four and losing 4-0 as well.
United may have to make do without the services of Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly, who have all missed his sides recent Premier League games due to injury, according to the club's official website.
Solskjær offered a mixed message regarding whether United can challenge for the title next season.
"There are so many things that we need to do better to get a result. We had a meeting after the game and all the players were definitely disappointed but really, really hurt by that performance and the City game is the flawless one", he told a news conference.
'Now it is in the past and we can not stay on the past because it is a headache.
"Maybe tomorrow in the press conference after the game you can ask him again about that".
"What we showed on the pitch, we did not give them the joy back and that's why we are angry with ourselves".
"We want to do our game, sometimes it's not possible". I went to both Barcelona games and he just looks off it, he looks like he's carrying an injury or he's not quite right, or the season has caught up with him.
Should they beat United, City may well fancy their chances of retaining their crown going up against Burnley, Leicester and Brighton with no additional burden of the Champions League. I know the players; they're very good, talented players.
City's superior style and quality can ultimately see them prevail with a priceless three points, however I suspect that an away win won't be as straightforward as the bookies suggest.
"That was not worthy of a Manchester United team".
Just one point now separates the Merseyside club and the Cityzens in the very upper echelons of the Premier League table.