Manchester United recorded their worst league start in 29 years as they were beaten 3-1 by West Ham at London Stadium Saturday.
Following the shocking defeat, Jose Mourinho’s men now have 10 points from seven games – the same as in 2013-14 under David Moyes – but inferior goal difference means this is their worst top-flight start in 28 years.
The revived Hammers were ahead after just five minutes through club-record signing Felipe Anderson’s clever back-heeled finish from Pablo Zabaleta’s cross – though both players appeared to be offside.
And the lively hosts doubled their advantage on the brink of half-time in fortunate fashion, as Andriy Yarmolenko’s shot took a ricochet off Victor Lindelof and beyond the wrong-footed David de Gea.
Marcus Rashford responded for the largely pedestrian Red Devils with a close range finish on 71 minutes, but Marko Arnautovic restored the Hammers’ two-goal lead less than three minutes later as Mark Noble’s pass sliced through United’s back-line.
The victory takes Manuel Pellegrini’s side up to 12th on the log, while Mourinho’s men drop to 10th as the pressure mounts on the Portuguese.