I mean the players. Not the structure and other outside-the-pitch matters. We may have all the problems outside it but I refuse to believe that the main reason behind not being able to beat the minnows lies there. After all, it's a set of players who go out there and I doubt they're influenced by the number of scouts, Woodward being incompetent etc. during a football match. Started with Moyes, who was out of his depth and lacked respect from our seniors. Fair enough I guess, given he tried to convince our WC defenders they should play like Jagielka. Then Van Gaal, who made a seemingly huge mistake of telling the players to read something that doesn't only contain pictures and actually demands some reading comprehension. The players could also feel it's too possession-based (which we don't like) so they could easily dump him out of the club. In came Mourinho. Fun while he was winning something but then started having conflicts with some of them. Again, the players could feel we'll side with them in the long run as we like being on the front foot most of the time during games. Their biggest win so far, given Mourinho's stature in the game. Ole's at the wheel, then. Or was, while we were winning. They probably decided that was the time to show how right they were wanting Mourinho out and that there would be no excuses if they didn't suddenly start playing. Giving a feck or two was too much for them to keep for more than two months, though, but now are at risk of finally NOT having our backing as we love Ole (see G. Neville's spot on comments). Possibility of running out of gas is there, but is it enough to cause results like that? One way to look at the problem is that we are badly run and the players' culture and power got out of hand. Another is that periods like that happen at all huge clubs but the players are professional enough to at least show minimum of commitment and reach the minimum goals (see Madrid). The quality is lacking, I know, but not to an extent of notoriously not getting TOP 4, not beating fecking Huddersfields, losing 4-0 at Goodison etc. It sounds far-fetched to say that our players, who were star men or at least v.good in the last WC, first being picked, then playing great football are not good enough to represent a decent level in club football. It's basically another way of looking at the problem. We all know we're badly run but I'd like to focus on the on-pitch workers, their attitude and the cause of it.