Manchester United were out-passed, out-muscled, out-skilled and out-classed against Manchester City in the derby on Sunday evening, going down 4-1 in what's best described as a mauling.
Two seasons ago, when Manchester City defeated their neighbours at Old Trafford 6-1, United fans may have thought they'd seen the worst defeat they ever would for a long, long time. Unfortunately, they were wrong.
Although the score was less and it was away from home, United's defeat at the hands of their 'noisy neighbours' on Sunday evening was just as bad, if not worse then two years ago.
When United were humiliated at home, they were praised for losing in style as they still persisted with attacking football. It was a good reason to deflect the statement that City outplayed their rivals on the day.
Yet, Sunday's loss will sting hearts of United supporters everywhere as they don't have such a reason this time around.
They witnessed their team be bullied for 90 minutes. Not since their last mauling to City has a United team looked so helpless. Going forward, the majority of United's attacking was uncharacteristically predictable.
The passes going into Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck were straight and easy to intercept. The lack of invention within the United team was underlined with Michael Carrick having one of his worst games in a United shirt, misplacing numerous passes.
With players such as Ashley Young and Welbeck failing to make any kind of impression, more questions then ever will be asked over David Moyes.
United have been left trailing behind their rivals in 8th place, and so the question is, are United in a crisis?
On Tuesday night, after Jose Mourhino's Chelsea lost 2-1 to the hands of Basel, it was calamity at the Bridge with the media labelling two loses in a week as a 'crisis.' Around a week later, with one win, Chelsea are top of the league. Crisit? What crisis?
United have lost two games already this season and it's fair to say they've had a more then difficult start to the season with games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. Seven points from a possible 15 is still under par for their standards.
Chelsea are a perfect example of how a few days in football can change a whole complexion of a club. With Liverpool beckoning, Moyes will be hoping he can spark a much-needed United resurgence.
With a 3rd round Captial One Cup tie against Liverpool coming up on Wednesday, this could either be the best fixture for Moyes to regain the trust of the supporters, or the worst because if they lose to their biggest rivals three times in three games, things could get messy for United's new manager.
With the game being at home, Moyes must shake the team up. Although he's been understandably reluctant to massively change the team due to wanting consistency, the team isn't good enough.
With players such as Shinji Kagawa, Nani and Javier ernandez missing out week after week, Moyes needs to give these players a chance to prove their worth. It wouldn't be surprising if he also gave chances to players such as Adnan Januzaj and Wilfried Zaha in mid-week to add a a bit of freshness to this somewhat predictable team.
United's next six fixtures in the league are against opposition they are expected to beat in the form of West Brom, Sunderland, Southampton, Stoke, and Fulham. This is before they face the in-form Arsenal at Old Trafford.
With two tricky Champions League fixtures in-between these games, with a trip to Donetsk and a home fixture against Real Sociedad, this is a busy period for United as they look to recapture some form before they go into the Christmas run-in.
Although it's still early in the season, this period for Moyes is extremely important as it could determine whether United have the steel and grit to challenge for the league this season.
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