Manchester United manager David Moyes is a man under pressure.
Last week at the Etihad against Manchester City, United were simply on the day out-classed, out-fought and found wanting on the day.
Losing at Anfield United didn't get the rub of the green on the day, nor create enough, but it was not an embarrassing loss.
The West Bromwich result at Old Trafford suffering a 1-2 defeat was far more severe than either the loss to City or Liverpool. Manchester United are expected to beat the Baggies at Old Trafford.
This is the worst start to a Manchester United league campaign since 1989, with several lacklustre performances by the majority of the players at the club. The same players in essence who won the Premier League title last season at a canter, 11 points clear, title sewn up with 4 games to play.
David Moyes noted, "Support your team and club. In football there is no guarantee that you are going to win games. This is a great club and we have a great team - and the fans can be sure that we will do everything to put this right.
"I am concerned - but only because we aren't playing well. There's a lot of games left and it isn't because of a lack of trying. It was a poor performance and a poor result. I can't argue that West Brom were the better team and deserved their victory.
"After beating Liverpool in midweek, I wanted us to gain some momentum. But we lacked any spark. We had a lot of possession in the first half, but just didn't create enough chances," the manager explained after the shock result against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday."
He further touched amazingly on United's midweek visit to Ukraine on Champions League duty to face Shakhtar Donetsk, stating, "To win the Champions League you have to have five or six world-class players.
"If you look at Bayern Munich, they have five or six really world-class players, and to win it you might have to have that in your squad," said the boss.
"Look at Barcelona, who have had it in the past, and Real Madrid have maybe got it now. That's the level you have to get at to win it. What we have got is experience and several players who are in that category or close to it."
Why is Mr Moyes talking down the team? Honesty is fine in recognising the teams weakness, but surely not publicly dismissing the clubs chances after a fantastic result against Bayer Leverkusen in the opening game?
Season 1986, United finished 11th in the old First Division One, which was the poorest finish since season 1973-74.
Manchester United appointed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager in November 1986. If the club had not provided time and a degree of support to Alex Ferguson where United might be now, had they fired him after what was also a sluggish start for the ex-Aberdeen manager.
While no United fan is happy to see the club sitting 12th in the league and 8 points behind high-flying Arsenal, it's early days in the marathon that is the Premier League. Fortunately the club's traditional rivals are not capitalizing and dropping points also.
Taking over from a club icon; Sir Alex Ferguson was always a tall - order with three tough fixtures out-of the way, replacing his knowledge of the club, the players was pivotal in United's success. A club that was expected to win silverware every season, but with just 6 games gone has the fighting spirit of Manchester United left the building with Ferguson.
The players that won the Premier League last season are still in situation. It's a puzzle for Mr Moyes to work out what has changed, possibly privately seeking advice from Sir Alex as to the course of action to be taken, and not announcing to all and sundry what is going on at the club so honestly to the media.
After a summer of a range of public pantomimes in signing a diet of unrealistic player targets, United finally signed at the 11th hour Marouane Fellaini who similar to the boss will take time to be accustomed to his new team-mates, the role he is expected to play. Settling into a new club, new surroundings, new personal circumstances. These are all bound to take a toll on the new players and manager, fans should provide time and support with our patience.
The on-going concern that the boss is not tackling fairly is the use/non-use of the former Bundesliga Player of the Year; Shinji Kagawa, and he appears as if he doesn't know what to do with the mercurial Japanese playmaker.
Having bought Fellaini to add bite to the United engine room, is the light-weight in player collisions Kagawa, to be sacrificed as the first of the midfield restructuring?
At the end of the day, Mr Moyes merits patience. Previous supporters had possibly a one-off at Manchester United, that the legend was just Mr Man Utd... Fergie. Fans however should be fair if we check the history books and Ferguson's killer start, going on to win 38 glorious trophies for Manchester United.
"Sack Moyes," demands just make fans look a laughing stock.
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