Big Joe has his work cut out in Toon
With confidence at rock bottom in the Toon dressing room going into Joe Kinnear's six game stint in charge, you have to admit that the former Wimbledon boss has nothing to lose when it comes to his St James's Park experience.
He's got a lot of work to do though and after shaking his head in disgust at the way United went 2-0 down against Blackburn, he will clearly be having words with his defence.
Secondly he will probably have to question United's battling qualities after Blackburn won almost everything in the air.
At least Charles N'Zogbia tried to give it ago when he wasn't getting sliced down to the ground by Blackburn players that is.
But there weren't too many great performances from United even though they gave it a good crack in the second half.
Everything seems to be going against United at the moment with an FA touchline ban for Kinnear coming out of the closet ahead of the game today.
Nice to see the trusty admin staff at Soho Square are on top of things as usual.
Michael Owen's penalty aside though, there was little to shout about.
And by the end of the game, desperate Toon fans will have nothing but good luck wishes for Big Joe.
By God, he's going to need it isn't he?