Manchester United in ‘crisis mode’…..slumps to Burnley defeat

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Manchester United are officially in crisis mode!

In fact, their UEFA Champions League qualification hopes suffered a blow with a 2-0 upset at home to Burnley in the English Premier League (EPL).

The Old Trafford fans immediately vented their anger at the club’s U.S. owners.

Chris Wood fired Burnley ahead in the 39th minute with a half-volley on the turn after a simple free-kick routine.

Ben Mee headed the ball down into the path of the New Zealand international.

The Clarets, who move up to 13th place, doubled their lead, seven minutes after the break, through striker Jay Rodriguez – who blasted into the top corner after a smart exchange with Wood.

United stay in 5th.

Burnley held on for their first victory at Old Trafford since 1962.

At the end of the match, Manchester United fans chanted protest songs aimed at the Glazer family, who have owned the club since 2005, while their team fell to a second straight loss.

Progressive decline

The club’s decline since the departure of manager Alex Ferguson after their last English Premier League title in 2013 shows no signs of being reversed.

The fans clearly put the blame on the Glazers and their chief executive Ed Woodward, more than manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Thousands of fans flooded out of Old Trafford well before the end of the game.

But the hardcore supporters in the Stretford End chose to stay and continue to make their feelings known.

“(In the) 84th minute I saw people get up and go. That is unheard of at this stadium.

Seeing people leave with disdain on their face. It is an embarrassment. The downward spiral in seven years has been remarkable,” former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said in his role as a match pundit for BT Sport.

The defeat leaves Manchester United fifth in the standings, six points adrift of Chelsea who currently occupy the fourth UEFA Champions League qualification spot.