The season has barely begun and already some Manchester United fans are calling for the head of David Moyes.

The Scotsman was always going to have a baptism of fire as three of his first five matches seen him face top teams such as Liverpool, Chelsea and most recently Manchester City.

The Red Devils have endured their worst start to a Premier League season since 2003/04 when they were eclipsed, eventually finishing 18 points behind Chelsea.

This season may well prove to have a similar fate in store and this was emphasised in the recent 4-1 embarrassment at the hands of their local rivals at the Etihad Stadium. A Sergio Aguero double, Yaya Touré and Samir Nasri inflicted an early psychological blow on the champions.

Experts, fans and the media alike have questioned United's midfield and debated whether it is good enough for a team dubbed as the biggest club in the world.

In truth the argument has some substance and a lot of river has flown under the bridge since the days that David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs (in his prime) wowed the Old Trafford faithful.

Now the team lacks a creative source - a leader in midfield, and this has come under the spotlight in recent times.

Following the derby defeat at the weekend it was clear for all those at United to see. The writing was on the wall.

A blue moon is rising. For over an hour at the Etihad, United were simply outclassed and made to look very ordinary by one of their main contenders for the Premier League title. The Manchester United defence was virtually non-existent.

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