It could be argued that September 2013 was one of – if not the worst month – in living memory for an entire generation of Manchester United fans.
The supporters who are so used to watching Fergie oversee title win after title win, have endured the clubs worst start to a season for 24 years, which has included three Premier League defeats in their past four games.
September began with a 1-0 defeat to archrivals Liverpool at Anfield, which was followed up by a controversial and somewhat unconvincing 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Things were to get far worse however, with Moyes’s boys battered 4-1 in the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, before last weekend’s 2-1 home humbling by West Bromwich Albion.
United currently sit in 12th place, with seven points from a possible 18, eight points off Arsenal at the top, and without a goal in open play since the beginning of the season.
Whilst everything seems like doom and gloom around Old Trafford at present, we have learnt in the past to write Manchester United off at your peril.
With 32 league games to play, and 96 points to fight for – there is still every chance United will be in the title hunt come May. But then there are those who believe this is simply a season that will go by without a title challenge, and one that can be blamed on that overused phrase of ‘transition’.
Taking into account the awful start made by United, you feel a title challenge may be a push too far. Here we have identified 5 reasons why we believe United won’t win the title this season.