Warren Joyce wants his Manchester United Under-21 side to respond to the 4-2 defeat to Liverpool by showing their true colours to David Moyes, starting with Friday's trip to West Brom.
Last season's champions were beaten in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League opener at the Salford City Stadium, despite taking an early lead through Larnell Cole. It was a rare loss for Joyce's side and a painful one against the Reds' rivals from Merseyside.
At least the 2pm fixture at The Hawthorns, which is live on MUTV, gives the players an opportunity to bounce back quickly and the Reserves coach is keen for them to give a better account of themselves after Moyes was in attendance on Monday.
"I've just told them to dust themselves down and have an improved performance on Friday," explained Joyce to MUTV. "That's the good and bad thing about football - you're only as good as your next game anyway, even if we'd have won comfortably tonight.
"I've said before that this level is all about performances. The disappointing thing is there were some poor individual errors and, collectively, I'd like to see us do better as a team. We've had quite a settled side and not lost in pre-season but it bothers me more about the performance than losing.
"A lot of aspects were poor and not what we're looking for - both with and without the ball. After a really good pre-season, it's gone pear-shaped in the first game. I think it's the first time we've lost against Liverpool in five years or so as well and they are big games for us. It's disappointing to lose any game but particularly against them and particularly in the manner that we lost it.
"Certainly, in the first half, I thought Fabio Borini bullied the two centre-backs and spoke to them at half time