MANCHESTER UNITED 1
(Wayne Rooney 57)
WEST BROM 2
(Saido Berahino 67, Morgan Amalfitano 54)
David Moyes claimed that much of the criticism aimed at him this season had been unwarranted.
He need not have worried. Those coming his way over the next few days will certainly be justified. A loss to West Bromwich Albion at home?
No one could have seen that coming. The 2-1 loss to WBA on Sep 28 will surely set off the alarm bells at Old Trafford now.
This is their worst start to a league campaign since 1989.
Seven points from their first six games is nowhere near championship form, although that will be the least of Moyes' concerns at the moment.
He must had been hoping that the midweek League Cup win over Liverpool would be the spark that turns the tide.
Those who impressed in that match, the likes of Jonny Evans, Alexander Buttner, Luis Nani, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez, kept their places.
But, so tame and flat was the team's performance against WBA that the Red Devils seemed to have been swallowed by the occasion.
This was supposed to be the start of a kind run of fixtures which would give them an excellent chance of clawing back up the league table.
Now, following this shock loss, Sunderland, Southampton, Stoke and Fulham suddenly look more imposing than before.
The warning signs already surfaced in the first half, when United struggled to carve out good scoring chances against the Baggies, despite having the lion's share of possession.