After seeing his side held to stalemates in their first two away fixtures, David Moyes was skeptical of Manchester United's trip to the BayArena to face Sami Hyypia's free-flowing Bayer Leverkusen, sitting second in the Bundesliga and unbeaten at home since March.
Would a more consistent approach from managers towards their players help eradicate diving from the game? Aside from Moyes, we have seen different stances from different bosses, such as Mourinho on the weekend who was quick to defend Ramires' apparent dive by claiming it was a stone-wall penalty.
Why is a man who decides so many crucial games so rarely on the team sheet? There is one obvious answer, coming in the form of two iconic names: Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. The duo have dovetailed superbly this season, netting 17 times between them and assuaging Moyes' difficult start to his reign.
I'm not saying derby day victories are necessarily bigger than winning trophies, of course they aren't, but when clubs are unlikely to lift said trophies, then the derby triumph is the next best thing.
With United apparently going backwards, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Spurs and Liverpool are all making inroads. Looking at United and those clubs' transfer dealings in the summer, there is more evidence of shifting tides.
David Moyes has again managed to attract the wrath of the Old Trafford faithful after Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton on Saturday. The Scot's substitutions came under widespread criticism by the fans and this article explains why Moyes' tactical tinkering against the Saints wasn't as bad as people have made it out to be.
In the gameweek eight of the English Premier League, Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton side... David Moyes' troops were one-dimensional throughout the evening. As much as the Scot likes his team to attack down the wings, he needs to be more creative with the tactics.
Adnan Januzaj's two goals against Sunderland reminded his team mates and manager David Moyes of the inherited expectations that come with playing for United. Now the manager and the rest of the team has to get their act together...
Manchester United have endured a difficult start to the season... David Moyes is still getting accustomed to life at the red side of Manchester but it is slowly becoming certain that there are a few players who don't really fill the trust of the Scot. Here are three of them.
After a torrid debut season, it would be unwise to say that Shinji Kagawa's situation at Old Trafford has improved even one bit. Wayne Rooney has nailed the No 10 spot and David Moyes hasn't really shown much faith in the Japan international, who is often considered as one of the best exponents of his art...
It wouldn't be the first time that a youngish football manager, with illustrious predecessors inconveniently prominent in fans' memories, has appeared as a sheep trying to don the clothing of a wolf. Allan Clarke, after an apprenticeship at Barnsley, returned to Elland Road as manager, and immediately started trying to come over all Brian Clough.
On August 17, football fans will witness what they've never seen before - Manchester United walking out for a Premier League match without Sir Alex Ferguson as their manager. The eyes of the footballing world will be focussed on David Moyes, the man hand-picked by Sir Alex, as he attempts to fill the biggest shoes in the business.
With the dust only just settling on the most illustrious managerial career in football, it's been hard to find a bad word written about Sir Alex Ferguson. However, now he's officially retired, the time has come to examine some of his lesser moments.
If there was one club that summed up how farcical the situation has become in recent years then it would be Blackburn Rovers.
For those of you with the insatiable morbidity necessary to have read this far, I don't propose to tax your limited attention spans any further by embarking on a new subject. So instead, I'll sum up the gist of what I had intended to write in one sentence: We gon' be aaiight wiv Moyes.
Amidst the drama and contrasting emotions of the final day of the Championship season, a curious antithesis between eventually promoted Hull City and play-off bound Watford became apparent.