They let themselves down, they let la Liga down, they let the blog down and most of all they let poor Unai Emery down, their coach who lost the battle of being the coolest young manager on the block to his ginger-tinged Chelsea counterpart.
At last, the issue of FourFourTwo youÃ¢ÂÂve all been waiting for. Yes, itÃ¢ÂÂs that time of year again: the worldÃ¢ÂÂs biggest football magazine picks the 100 Best Players from around the world. WeÃ¢ÂÂve got goosebumps just thinking about what youÃ¢ÂÂll make of it.
In the season of giving, Manchester United have gone tight. This is a very different team to the one which was conceding 15 or more shots in every game no matter the opposition Ã¢ÂÂ even Bolton managed 22. United won 5-0 at the Reebok but they're no longer so carefree: they've scored a single goal in each of the last seven Premier League matches.
Precocious talent is nothing new in the Eredivisie: every season one seems to emerge from obscurity. No exception with the latest off the production line, whose rise has coincided with his team's resurgence. In a short space of time the supremely gifted AZ prodigy Adam Maher has gone from a relative unknown to the name everyone is talking about.