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...
Manchester United is not just a football club. It's bigger than that. It's a global brand that inspires emotion and commands respect. That's the result of its great footballing legacy. But behind that legacy is years of hard work and professionalism from a committed team of backroom staff.
In every popular sport in the world, there are heroes and villains. Those the crowd love and those they hate. Typically, the athletes or teams the spectator takes a disliking to share one trait; success...
In the not so distant past, when football was a contact sport, the art of diving was almost non-existent. I am not saying it didn't happen, but that nowadays a player is protected by the referees so much that any touch by an opponent will allow the player to dive to the floor knowing that the referee will more than likely award a free kick.
There can be little argument that Alex Ferguson's tenure at Manchester united will be remembered as one in which he took a club that was still trading on past glories ("all fur coat and no knickers") and fashioned it a brand that was dominant on and off the pitch.
We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked. We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked.
Over the past couple of seasons, I've felt that the Premier League has become a little bit stale... However, this season I can't help but feel there is an added buzz from various different aspects of the league and it's rekindling the special vibe that usually surrounds English football.
I might as well be honest with you right from the start: this article will contradict itself. It will set off by being one thing but in the end will turn out to be something else, in many ways similar to a Premier League season.
Interestingly, it's not just the top clubs who have whipped out the cheque book this summer. Norwich, Swansea, West Ham, Southampton, Cardiff and Liverpool (yes Liverpool fans, you're not a big club anymore) have all spent more than £15 million each over the summer.
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.
The three most talented players in the Premier League could all be about to jump ship. Showered with awards and internationally recognised, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Luis Suárez have lit up the Premier League but their possible transfers could take the shine off English football.
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.
There are worrying signs already for the inheritor of the poisoned chalice that is the Old Trafford hot-seat. David Moyes has been gathering his own people about him as he sets forth to put his own stamp on the Man U machine - but Moyes will be grimly aware that The Ghost of Alex Ferguson Past is the least of his worries.