With the management merry-go round in full swing this summer, fans were expecting a period of settling in for all new managers of Premier League clubs but few could of predicted such irregularities.
Some may say that Chelsea are showing a resurgence of late, however their lack of firepower in front of goal will surely suggest problems further down the line with a reliance on the questionable form of Fernando Torres, the unpredictability of Demba Ba and the twilight years of Samuel Eto'o's career.
The new Manchester club managers are unexperienced in different ways, which has led to a surprisingly bad start for both clubs. Manuel Pellegrini has already shown a certain fragility to his style of play and a struggle to alter things when all out attack doesn't prevail.
David Moyes has also failed to galvanise the Manchester United squad, as is to be expected with the departure of the previous regime always likely to take some getting used to.
United and City's faltering starts suggest that we could be witnessing another change in shape to the 'top four' of the Premier League. The emergence of Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool and the signing of the summer in Mesut Özil at Arsenal have seen both sides develop unexpected consistency that now sees them challenge again at the top.
The perhaps even more surprising packages this season have come in the shape of Everton and Southampton's impressive starts to the season, which could suggest that the two clubs could make an unprecedented challenge four the top four.
We could be witnessing a new dawn which could change the fortunes and successes of Premier League clubs. Whatever happens, it will be an enthralling contest to see if the dominant big clubs can be overtaken.
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