Manchester United latest: Including West Brom fallout and Shakhtar Donetsk

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Manchester United were defeated 2-1 by West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday, continuing what has so far been a shaky and miserable start to the season for David Moyes and his Red Devils who have lost two league games in a row.

BBC pundit Alan Hansen believes ‘alarm bells are ringing’ following the defeat as the Scot compared United’s ‘errors’ to those of Liverpool in the 1990’s at Anfield.

"Liverpool began to flounder because they failed to replace good players with better ones…The club has paid a heavy price in the two decades since," he said.

His BBC colleague Alan Shearer also chipped in with:

“Manchester United are vulnerable at the minute and every team in the Premier League knows it. The air of invincibility has gone.”

David Moyes hopes to ‘move on’ from the disappointing defeat, which he described as ‘concerning’.

“You're always going to have bad results in football, it is how you deal with them," the boss said.

"We will move on and look forward to the next one. There are lots of games here and you get ready for the next one.

"I'm concerned after the game but only because we didn't play well. We can put it right," he added.

United take on Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday in the Champions League and they’ll be hoping to draw a line under the weekend’s result with a good performance against the Ukrainians.

However, David Moyes ‘doubts’ his squad has enough quality to win the Champions League this term and outlined his belief that the club must bring in new players to achieve that ambition.

"To win the Champions League, you need five or six world-class players," said Moyes, who took over the club in July.

"That's the level you have to be at to win it. We've not got that yet but what we have got is experience."

David Moyes told MUTV he’s expecting a ‘tough trip’ to Donetsk.

"I think we need to go there with a strong team. Going to Ukraine is tough because Donetsk have had a good record," he told reporters on Friday.

A full ‘fact file’ on Shakhtar Donetsk can be found, via the Manchester Evening News, here.

Elsewhere, reports have emerged that David Moyes ‘rejected’ Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice on his backroom staff, according to former United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele who was ‘axed’ by Moyes in June.

"He spoke to me, Mick and Rene," Steele told fanzine United We Stand.

"I told him I thought it was a brave decision…He listened to the manager's advice, but he wanted to be his own man."

United fullback Alex Buttner stated the team must 'fight' to recover from their ‘patchy’ start.

"I think we are not in crisis," Büttner said.

"We have lost three games but we have to focus in every game and we have to fight in every game to win.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Anderson called for ‘focus’ from the squad.

“As always we will continue to work hard on the pitch [in games] and in training as this is demanded at Manchester United," said the Brazilian.

"We want to win every competition we are involved in, so we need to focus now and move on to the next game. We have to show character.”

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