Three English teams were involved in the quarter-finals of the two European competitions: Reds, Manchester City and Wolves.
After only a pre-season friendly, United lost their rhythm when they lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace in our opening game, beaten by much sharper opponents. Any excuse was scoffed when City won 3-1 against Wolves a couple of days later, with a similar lack of preparation.
However, since then, the Blues have suffered an alarming 5-2 home loss to Leicester City – the first time a side of Pep Guardiola had conceded five goals. The very definition of an unusual result. And the wolves, so hard to beat since returning to the Premier League, were defeated 4-0 against a West Ham side looking for the first points of the campaign. Another one you would never have seen coming.
It seems entirely plausible that both Wolves and City, like United, look rusty and out of step with the times.