Currently suffering their poorest start to a Premier League season on record, it's fair to say that even those who criticised the managerial appointment of David Moyes (and there were plenty of them) wouldn't have predicted United would be languishing in ninth position with more than a third of the season gone.
Since the euphoria of the derby win, it's been a mixed bag of results for Cardiff City. After coolly dispatching Swansea, they travelled to Aston Villa the following weekend for a game that on paper at least was eminently winnable. Not so.
Following West Brom striker Shane Long's magnificent performance in the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa, it calls into question why more attacking player...
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.
Supporting Sunderland is like living in a fairy-tale. Before you interject and say: "Who is this clown? He must be a lunatic, let's bottle him", let me elaborate. I don't mean fairy-tales in the modern sense. I mean the original works.
David Moyes has now started to prefer Shinji Kagawa to play alongside Patrice Evra on the left-wing and together, they have done an admirable job in United's last two encounters, at San Sebastian and Old Trafford. Can such a partnership continue? Let's analyze.
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.
Carrick is the only player at United who can play the ball in between the lines to likes of Wayne Rooney and van Persie. And when the 32-year-old gets marked out of the game, it becomes the duty of the defenders to get the ball out of defense but they simply resort to playing the ball out wide to the full-backs and wingers- who are the safest passing outlets.
Promised Land by Daniel Harris provides the answer. Harris is a rare character: a passionate Manchester United fan, who retains the discipline to step away from the euphoria and provide a calmly forensic take on events at Old Trafford.
It would be foolish of me to try and predict the final top six with so long left in the season, but so far it seems that we are in for one of the most open and competitive Premier League seasons for years.
Aah, baking. A thoroughly British sport. If things like baking, card making and tutting at queue jumpers were allowed in the Olympics well...
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.