It was not too long ago - last season, in fact - that taking a 1-0 lead almost inevitably meant a victory for Manchester United.
Not any more.
If Saturday's 1-1 draw against Southampton was anything to go by, the English Premier League champions are in desperate need of a confidence boost.
But that will not come until they start stringing together a decent run of results.
Under David Moyes, United have not yet won back-to-back matches in the league and that must be eating away at the team's self-belief.
As any footballer can tell you, your confidence level drops once you start dropping points and you begin to question if the team are good enough.
Of course, it is easy to point fingers at the new manager.
Following in the footsteps of Alex Ferguson was always going to be a big task and Moyes probably did himself few favours by doing away with his predecessor's entire backroom staff.
Bear in mind that these coaches would have worked most closely with the players in training.
It would have been them, not Ferguson, who were doing the running around on the pitches at Carrington.
But these factors should not be an excuse for the team's indifferent start to the season.
After all, the squad at Moyes' disposal is not all that different from the one that won the league under Ferguson in May.