With no fans in the stands at Old Trafford, the television commentators can be heard clearly inside the Theatre of Dreams right now.
“Ed Woodward has just over 24 hours left,” one announcer boomed into their microphone as Tottenham’s fourth first-half goal nestled into the net on Sunday. The Manchester United executive vice-chairman was within earshot and will have had no doubt as to what activity was being hinted at.
While United were being mauled by former manager Jose Mourinho and his ever-improving Spurs team, the Red Devils’ latest new addition was landing in Manchester.
Edinson Cavani, who is set to arrive as a free agent after a surprise agreement was reached with the ex-Paris Saint-Germain star, has made his way to the club’s Carrington training base to undergo a medical before becoming United’s second signing of the summer.
It is to be hoped the Uruguay international has not been paying any attention to the goings on at Old Trafford so far this campaign, with the 6-1 defeat here only confirming what many have been fearing when watching Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this season.
While the club are attempting to get fans excited about Cavani’s arrival, the problem is that unless the 33-year-old can suddenly play at centre-back then it is going to do little to improve United’s performances.
Their display against Tottenham was as bad as it has got in recent times; a shambolic effort that cannot be blamed on a soft red card that was handed to Anthony Martial for a slap on Erik Lamela in the 27th minute.
United were already 2-1 down by that point thanks to goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Son Heung-min following a stream of comedic defending from Solskjaer’s side.