The moment United fell two down in Turkey nobody expected a result. Wayne Rooney’s stunning consolation tricked only those living in the past into thinking United could come away from the game with a point.
Long gone are the days when trailing would only make them stronger. Where players once rose to the challenge they now shy away. It was for that reason that Rooney – the one throwback to Ferguson’s attacking strike force – was the only one to haul them back into contention.
Another way United are unrecognisable is their lack of leadership.
Rooney, again, is the only one that looks as if he has the capabilities of organising his troops. Chris Smalling is no Nemanja Vidic and Juan Mata, one of just a few to possess any sparkle, is no Roy Keane.