When we purchase a product, we are always reminded to keep hold of the receipt in the event of us changing our minds and wanting a refund. After Saturday's fun and games, I wonder if such thoughts consumed the heads of our new owners?
Let's be fair, United decided from the first whistle that they use Rovers as the guinea pig in a football experiment till eventually they decided they were bored. Berbatov and Rooney were outstanding but Rovers were diabolical. The heaviest defeat since the other Manchester mob hit 6 without reply against a hapless Vince O'Keefe in September 1983 showed in microscopic detail all of Rovers frailties.
The pain was largely self inflicted from the start. There is no hope that a Rovers defence can soak up pressure for 90 mins against a side like United with the spineless and disjointed midfield that we have. Time and again we go through the agony of this tactic being employed away from home against the bigger clubs. There has been much talk of bringing in a high profile striker to solve our goal scoring problems but without a creative midfielder to supply the ammunition, even signing the likes of Berbatov himself would be fruitless.
Saturday was a complete PR disaster for the club and particularly the new owners. Without question, this game would have been hyped up on the sub-continent and those with access will have settled down for the live coverage on prime time Saturday night tv for a battle between the biggest name on the planet and the new darlings of India.
At least the shambolic way in which Rovers surrendered will have shown the Rao family that greater investment than the Â£5 million promised in January will need to be made availiable to Allardyce. But will the owners trust Big Sam with the finance?
My view is that Sam deserves the chance, but any repeat of Saturday will not be tolerated by the supporters. Pascal Chimbonda's performance, or lack of it, ranks among the worse I have ever witnessed in a Rovers shirt and that includes the efforts in the dark days of the 2nd and 3rd division. To be fair, there were plenty of contenders vying for the runners up spot behind the Frenchman on Saturday.
The game against Wolves now takes on an added significance and only a win with a swagger will suffice.
The third round cup draw saw Noel Gallagher pair us with Championship leaders QPR at Ewood. Make no mistake, this will be a tricky tie. I guess we will just have to get on and roll with it...