Manchester United's dire week ended in a damaging 1-3 defeat at the hands of West Ham on Saturday as Jose Mourinho failed to arrest a growing sense of crisis surrounding the club. We're the ones who go on the pitch.
He would prefer not to have to find a short-term replacement, even if that may be unavoidable if primary, longer-term targets are out of reach for now, while some readily available candidates may be less enamoured by the prospect of a stopgap role.
United are anxious to hang on to one of the world's most marketable players but all the signs are that they are sticking with Mourinho for now despite their desperately poor start to the season, which has seen them muster just 10 points from seven games.
"And these constant rows being played out in public with his players won't have done him any good". I'm not a fan of Mourinho - if he was made of chocolate he would eat himself. It's hard to take.
"We continued playing in the same way and improving because without believing in your performance it's very hard to be a good team".
Then, of course, Manchester United lost on an own-goal from Victor Lindelof. "We don't know. It just feels wrong".
Mourinho said West Ham's first goal had been offside but admitted United had not been "aggressive" enough in defence in the lead-up to the Hammers' second before adding the referee was at fault prior to Arnautović's strike for not penalising a foul on Rashford.
"You've got to put it behind you quickly and when you have these types of results you want a game as quickly as possible", wing-back Ashley Young told the club's website. That didn't happen. It's disappointing and a very, very bad day for us. There was no coherent offensive strategy as they sleepwalked to a defeat that looked on the cards from the moment Felipe Anderson scored his maiden goal for the club. Perhaps there is nothing left for Pogba to say.