He was shocked by another poor display in the home defeat against West Brom which condemned United to their worst league start since Sir Alex Ferguson’s “winter of discontent” 24 years ago when they also collected seven points from their opening six matches.

It could become worse before it gets better for the new manager as he takes his squad to Ukraine for a tough Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

Following the Manchester derby debacle defeat against the Baggies confirmed Moyes’ fears that his team are not strong enough to mount either a Premier League or Champions League challenge.

“I don’t think it was only one department where you’d say we were lacking” he said. “I think it would be unfair to single any out – it was the whole thing.

“We were lacklustre in nearly all the areas. There were lots of things that disappointed me. We should be scoring more from open play. And we should be defending better. We couldn’t do it at either end.

“What surprised me is that I felt with the amount of possession we had in the first half we didn’t create enough opportunities.

“We had the majority of the ball but we gave them quite easy chances. So we have got to try and work on this and improve.”