While they actually have one of the better defences in the league - only Sheffield United, Leicester and Liverpool conceding fewer than the 10 that have found their way into the back of the Manchester United net - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been sorely lacking creativity from midfield and a clinical goalscorer up front.
The Norwegian said: "We'll have to start tomorrow and hope Partizan don't remember this with joy". "It's not a hard job for us, we've got to go out there and perform".
"We do not see the Europa League as a chore and it is one route for us to get back into the Champions League".
"Saturday was disappointing but we've got the chance to get two wins before the (international) break".
November 6, 2019 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ashley Young during a press conference. "It's hard work, sticking together and team spirit". They want to do well and for one reason or another we haven't had the results. We have to keep working - we know we're on the right track.
"He'll work hard during the global break and hopefully, he'll be back".
United are still without the injured Paul Pogba due to an ankle problem and will be missing defender Victor Lindelof, who played at Bournemouth having been a doubt for the game. Eric will be back soon.
Solskjaer will again use Europe as a chance to give more of his young players an opportunity, and Matej Kovar and Ethan Laird could both be included in the squad. The work everyone does every day is pleasing for me as a manager. But that's not going to dampen our spirits.
"You're disappointed when you lose a game and of course we were on half a run", Solskjaer said on Wednesday.
"If that was to be, I think he'll be a good addition, although I don't think it will be long-term". In the end, Man United got the job done in Belgrade and won the three points, but it was far from pretty or anything with a real quality that this team showed. "We always look at the long term look at players", he said. It might be none, might be one, might be two.