David Moyes believes the defeat to Swansea City today was similar to some of his losses last campaign.
New season, same disappointing feeling for Manchester United at Old Trafford. Excitement was high among the United faithful as the club have had an incredible pre-season and new boss Louis van Gaal has eased their fears after the David Moyes disaster.
But it did not pan out as van Gaal would have wished. Because Manchester United lost 2-1 to Swansea after goals from Ki Seung-Yeung and Gylfi Sigurdsson rendered Wayne Rooney's overhead volley redundant.
The previous season United faced Swansea on the opening day - and Moyes led them to a 4-1 victory, a false dawn at The Liberty Stadium.
Of course things quickly turned sour. Moyes led them to a trophyless campaign and their worst ever Premier League finish, factors which soon got him the chop.
But, still unemployed, Moyes was asked to act pundit in Qatar this weekend for beIN Sports, covering the United game. After the match he said this of van Gaal - insisting he needs time to perfect the job. He also went on to state that it is not just a poor squad letting United down, but also an ever increasing level of competitiveness in the Premier League:
“Everybody knew it was going to take time. Taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson for anybody, it would take time. Louis van Gaal will need the time to do the job as well. He’ll need to have that opportunity to change things and get a team he wants.
“What happened today happened to me against West Brom, Newcastle, and Everton last year. Every team in the Premier League is very organised now and quite often it’s the special players that win you the games.”
United were without nine first-team players today including new signing Luke Shaw, Rafael, Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie - all first-team regulars, and Ashley Young ended up laying left-back.
So positivity must remain the key at Old Traafford, as this is just one game. Face it, winning the opening game last year didn't do United any good.
Will United recover from this blip?