The Manchester United manager David Moyes concedes he's finding the the job harder than he could have ever imagined after a 3-nil home loss to bitter rivals Liverpool.
The latest loss is United's ninth of the Premier League campaign.
With United 12 points below the Champions League places, having played two more games than fourth-placed Manchester City, their hopes of securing a berth in Europe's premier club competition via the league have been all but dashed.
It is only 10 months since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager after overseeing the club's 20th league title triumph, and Moyes admits that the pace of United's decline has taken him by surprise.
He says he knew the job was going to be hard but admits it's tougher than he thought it would be.