It is not often that arguably the biggest club in the world find themselves in such a bad light.
After what was a shocking season by their standards, Manchester United have continued to perform poorly off the pitch well into the off-season of the Premier League.
The descent into this mess began with the intense speculation that surrounded David Moyes’ future whilst he was still at the helm of the club.
There were widespread reports across all of the media in April suggesting that Moyes would soon lose his job, something which was of no surprise to anyone involved in football after the Red Devil’s dismal run of results.
This is where Manchester United made their first error.
The club refused to comment on these reports which added fuel to the fire, leaving everyone to believe that the board were busy making a decision on Moyes’ future.
Days later, in what can only be described as appalling circumstances, the news broke on the official Manchester United twitter page that David Moyes was to part company with the club by mutual consent.
To announce such a big decision after seemingly keeping Moyes in the dark for so long via social media to me seemed very odd, and rather unprofessional for such a big club.
After Moyes’ sacking, United legend Ryan Giggs was placed in temporary charge, only to be messed around by club himself.
Even Giggs himself knew the clock was ticking on his time as a player, but for the club to refuse to comment on whether he had any kind of future at the club and to keep him in limbo was again another unprofessional act.
Giggs has been a remarkable servant to the club, making almost 800 appearances in a United shirt, scoring in all but one of the Premier League’s 22 seasons.
It quickly emerged that Louis van Gaal, the current coach of the Holland national team, was the favourite to take over at Old Trafford, however news on his appointment failed to materialise for some time.
During this time, the United board kept their mouths firmly shut, again refusing to comment on speculation of any negotiations.
As this saga rumbled on, the Dutch team were supposed to be preparing for this summer’s World Cup Finals in Brazil, and such heavy press coverage and speculation cannot have been helpful to their cause.
Van Gaal even once stated himself that he would not consider any job offers until after a major tournament with Holland as it could unsettle his squad, yet United seem not to care and still carried on the pursuit of their target.
If the Netherlands fail to perform as well as they might hope, the finger will definitely be pointed in the direction of Old Trafford after what can only be described as a poor showing of professionalism and sportsmanship.
One saving grace perhaps, is that Ryan Giggs will remain at the club in a coaching role, working under the newly appointed van Gaal.
It is understandable that clubs like to tie up business as soon as they can before big tournaments such as the World Cup, but to have a saga made out of something like this is totally unacceptable.
What becomes of the situation remains to be seen, but it would not be surprising to find Manchester United in deep water even when van Gaal takes charge this summer.