As Aaron Ramsey hit the net at the Liberty Stadium to give Arsenal a 2-1 win over Swansea and send the Gunners eight points clear of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table there was a feeling of uneasiness around Old Trafford.
Having slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Brom earlier in the afternoon and registering their worst start to a league season since the 1989/1990 campaign there were few positives to draw upon for the champions.
The heavy defeat to Manchester City last weekend had left a sour taste and although David Moyes admitted United could take a few more blows this season, even he could not have predicted it would come so soon.
The Manchester United hierarchy promised to give Moyes time and have promised to give him the backing he needs to follow on in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson. The former Everton man has not made a bright start to life at Old Trafford however and with his only wins in the league coming against Swansea and Crystal Palace questions have been raised over his suitability for the job.
Some have questioned Moyes' training methods, labelling them as pre-historic. The fans have also voiced concerns as "Moyes Out" begins to gather momentum on Twitter and online forums. This does not reflect well on 'The Chosen One'.
The manager of Manchester United is more than just a football manager, he is the club's chief representative to the media, he is an ambassador for the club, he is a face for sponsors.
If United continue to slide down the table and the questions continue to be asked, if the players continue to question the man at the helm and if the fans continue to lose confidence in their new manager the clubs reputation will begin to suffer.
A loss of reputation leads to a loss of sponsorship and this may cause the clubs board to assess the direction of the club and if they made the right appointment. Time is what was promised to Moyes, but how much time will he be afforded?
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