Sunderland moved another step closer to being relegated to the Championship as they were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United at the Stadium of Light.
The Mackems are now 10 points adrift of safety with just seven Premier League matches of the season remaining, and even though they have pulled off some miraculous escapes in recent years, it looks to be beyond even them this term with little inspiration or fight on the pitch.
While relegation would be a huge blow, the fact that arch-rivals Newcastle United look set to make an instant return to the top flight will make it even more difficult.
Magpies supporters were quick to have their say on the Black Cats’ latest loss via social media, and they understandably had little sympathy for their neighbours, with some saying it had cheered them up again following Rafa Benitez’s side’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction the result…
— Rob Gilbert-Ovens (@Thegeordiefaith) April 9, 2017
— Mark Windass (@MarkWindass) April 9, 2017
— JayneNUFC (@ToonArmyJayne) April 9, 2017
Don't even think we were THIS bad in the prem last season.. were we? #nufc
— ianmarshall. (@ian9694) April 9, 2017
Just love watching the failures of Sunderland week in week out #NUFC
— Mort (@Dan_Mortensen17) April 9, 2017
Sunderland to bomb in the championship next year? #nufc
— Matt Guest (@Guesty22) April 9, 2017
— jimmy kettle (@jimmyk1968) April 9, 2017