Manchester United are turning into Everton.
David Moyes' men arrived at Anfield on Sunday looking like champions and left as also-rans; a plodding side hampered by their lack of signings and their manager's conservatism.
The Red Devils went down 1-0 to Liverpool partly because of Daniel Sturridge's fine improvised header, but mostly because of their new coach's infuriating caution.
As much as the Scotsman's record at Everton was admirable, the manager requires a mindset makeover quickly or United will drift towards mediocrity with alarming speed.
Moyes has already admitted that his place at the top table of the transfer market has proven to be intimidating, stifling his efforts to sign any player of note with only a day left before the window closes. And even if he claimed he wasn't intimidated by his first Liverpool-Manchester United fixture, his line-up suggested otherwise.
Alone and isolated up front, Robin van Persie was tasked with such an impossible mission, all that was missing was the famous theme tune and Tom Cruise dropping in to lend a hand.
Wayne Rooney's injury was unfortunate, but the absence of Shinji Kagawa - the Japanese international didn't even make the bench - was mind-boggling.
Kagawa certainly struggled for consistency last season, but that can only be remedied with games.