Sunday's derby defeat against Manchester City was a setback for David Moyes but he is insistent that it will not deter him from the long-term project of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson and maintaining United's at the top of the game.
All eyes will be on the Reds boss's team on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup against Liverpool - and also when United return to league duty on Saturday against West Bromwich Albion - to see how his players react to the disappointing 4-1 loss to neighbours and rivals City at the weekend.
There is an acceptance on Moyes' part, however, that the club's transition from a manager who reigned for a quarter of a century to his own tenure and style of management will take time. Defeat to City hasn't changed his ambition to succeed in that task.
"It is a club on its own," says Moyes when asked whether he could have prepared himself for the unique nature of the job he has undertaken. "It's a fantastic place to work with great players. You try to prepare but you are never quite sure what you are going to get. But I have not been disappointed with what I have seen here that is for sure.
"I have really enjoyed the work. It has been a difficult period but I think we have done OK. With the exception of the last game I have been pretty pleased with how we have played."
Pressure and intense analysis of performances and results comes with the territory, as Moyes readily admitted in an interview with PA Sport and local radio on Tuesday. "If there is a reaction people should be expecting it. There were always