Manchester United was labelled an “embarrassment” as pressure mounted on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Burnley’s shock 2-0 victory, while Tottenham boosted their top four prospects with a 2-1 win over Norwich on Wednesday.
Solskjaer’s side suffered a third defeat in their last four Premier League games to put the United boss’s job security back under the microscope.
Burnley’s first top-flight win at Old Trafford since 1962 exposed the flaws in lacklustre United side who have made their worst start to a season since 1989-90.
The majority of Old Trafford was on its feet when chants of “stand up if you hate Glazers” echoed around the ground in reference to United’s owners.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was also subjected to many other abusive chants, while those few fans who remained in the stadium booed Solskjaer and his players at full-time.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand, a Premier League and Champions League winner with the club, slammed the performance and called for the US-based Glazer family to take action to stop the rot.
“I can’t defend this,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “These young kids now in schools around the country, they are not going to be wearing Manchester United shirts.
“They are not going to be wanting to come here and support Manchester United based on what you are seeing out there. It’s just not going to happen, fans are walking out after 84 minutes!
“It’s an embarrassment. People at the top need to look and see this and make changes, put a plan in place that people can sit there and see where we are going now. I don’t see it.”
Burnley took the lead six minutes before half-time as Ben Mee jumped highest in the area to nod the ball down for Chris Wood to apply a first-time finish.
And the visitors doubled their lead in stunning fashion in the second period as Jay Rodriguez rifled a ferocious strike off the underside of the bar from just inside the area.
Fifth-placed United are six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea as they battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish.