Tranmere Rovers bowed out of the FA Cup at the fourth round, as they were beaten 6-0 by Premier League side Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils raced into three-goal lead in the space of the opening 16 minutes courtesy of goals from Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard.
Phil Jones and Anthony Martial also found the back of the Tranmere net as the visitors headed into the break with a five-goal lead.
Tranmere showed vast improvement in the second-half of the tie, although Mason Greenwood’s penalty added some gloss onto a well-deserved rout for the Premier League side.
The defeat means that Tranmere can now turn their attentions to their league campaign, where they’ll be looking to avoid an immediate return back into League One this season.
We take a look at THREE things we learnt about Tranmere following their heavy defeat at the hands of Manchester United.
They showed the Premier League giants too much respect.
It was always going to be a tricky test for Micky Mellon’s side, but they showed Manchester United far too much respect on the day.
The visitors dominated the game in terms of statistics, which was to be expected, but they won’t have planned to be five goals down at half-time.
Harry Maguire and Jesse Lingard both scored from distance, with minimal pressure from the home side on the ball.
It was a tough lesson to learn for the League One outfit, but they can be encouraged by a much more disciplined display in the second-half of the tie.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy looks a bright prospect.
Hepburn-Murphy was a second-half substitute when he replaced Corey Blackett-Taylor with just 15 minutes remaining in the tie on Sunday afternoon.
But he certainly made a positive impact in that short space of time, and was a real threat to Manchester United with his energy and trickery going forward.
The youngster is currently on loan from Aston Villa, and will be hoping that he can build on this bright cameo appearance against the Red Devils, and will be keen to prove himself whilst out on loan away from Villa Park.
Their cup exit means they can focus on more important matters.
Even though a cup run would have been financially beneficial for Tranmere, it would have a short-term distraction from their relegation battle in League One this season.
They’re currently sat 21st in the League One table, and are three points adrift of safety, which will make for concerning reading for the club’s supporters.
Now that they have exited the FA Cup, it means that Micky Mellon can keep his key players fit for crucial games in their league campaign going forward now.
It’s important that they can switch their focus to their next league game against Sunderland on Wednesday evening.