West Bromwich Albion deepened the gloom around new Manchester United manager David Moyes with a sensational 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.
A week on from their 4-1 derby humiliation at Manchester City, United were looking to return to winning ways in the league but instead slumped to a defeat that left the champions in 12th place in the table.
On-loan Marseille winger Morgan Amalfitano put West Brom ahead with an exquisite individual goal in the 54th minute, picking the ball up on halfway and nutmegging Rio Ferdinand before insouciantly dinking the ball over goalkeeper David de Gea.
Wayne Rooney equalised three minutes later, with a free-kick from wide on the left that eluded everyone, only for 20-year-old midfielder Saido Berahino to restore West Brom’s lead with a fierce left-foot drive.
Steve Clarke’s side held on for a victory that means United have now made their worst ever start to a Premier League season, in Moyes’ first campaign since succeeding the legendary Alex Ferguson as manager.
Asked if West Brom had deserved to win, Moyes said: “I think that’s right. You’re always going to have bad results.
It is how you deal with them. There are lots of games to come and it's about how you deal with them, so we look forward to them.”
United’s fans could nonetheless take a small crumb of consolation from the fact that their conquerors from last weekend fell to a 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa.
Yaya Toure gave manchester City the lead on the stroke of half-time, with Edin Dzeko putting the visitors back in front in the 56th minute after Karim El Ahmadi had equalised for home side Aston Villa early in the second period.
However, a fine free-kick from Leonardo Bacuna saw Aston Villa equalise in the 73rd minute before Andreas Weimann ran clear and beat City custodian Joe Hart two minutes later to give Paul Lambert’s side a stunning win.
Other EPL results
Fulham 1-2 Cardiff City
Hull City 1-0 West Ham
S’hampton 2-0 Crystal Palace
Swansea City 1-2 Arsenal