Manchester United suffered their second 1-0 home defeat in the space of four days, this time at the hands of Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
Yohan Cabaye’s strike just after the hour mark was enough to secure victory for Alan Pardew’s men, who move four points ahead of United, who remain in ninth place with twenty-two points after nine games.
The club will now turn their attention to tomorrow evening’s final Champions League group game against Shakthar Donetsk with their progress into the knockout stages already confirmed, though a point will secure first place.
They then travel to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, desperate to get back on track in the league.
The champions now sit thirteen points behind league leaders Arsenal and seven points short of neighbours Manchester City in fourth place.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are considering a £38million move for Robin van Persie, according to the Daily Star.
Recent reports have suggested that the Dutch international, who scored 26 top-flight goals in his first season with United, is unhappy with life at Old Trafford.
Barca manager Gerard Martino is thought to be keen on bringing in another out and out striker to play alongside attackers Lionel Messi and Neymar.