MANAGER David Moyes insists Manchester United will turn around their depressing start to his tenure.
Installed as Alex Ferguson's successor amid much fanfare in the summer, Moyes has presided over a troubled transition so far.
Hammered by Manchester City, then stunned on home soil by West Brom at the weekend, the defending Premier League champions have slithered into the bottom half of the table, experiencing their worst start to a campaign since 1989.
Yet Moyes remains defiant.
In the knowledge senior figures with the Red Devils, not least Bobby Charlton and Ferguson, who recommended his appointment, will ensure he gets the time needed to implement his plans, Moyes spoke with an air of certainty ahead of tonight's encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk.
"I have been in situations very similar to this at my old clubs Everton and also at Preston," he said.
"You get on and you do the right things. I haven't changed what I have done. I will continue to do that.
"The results will come. I have no doubt about that."
Moyes was not in particularly expansive mood.
From the same press conference desk that Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin offered to take a journalist outside for a "man-to-man chat" during Euro 2012, he could not be said to be friendly either.
When reminded of his apparent weekend claim United lack the world-class players needed to compete in this most elite of competitions, which admittedly United reached the final of as recently as 2011, Moyes attempted to clarify his position.
"I said to win the Champions League you need to have a certain amount of world-class players," he said. "That is something which we will try and do.
"Of course we will try and win the Champions League."
These are evidently not easy times at Old Trafford though, even if Michael Carrick has been around long enough to realise situations can be turned around quickly.
"We are still confident," said the England midfielder. "Whether we win or lose the last game we always deal with it and move on.
"We have had a good start in this competition. That is the way we are looking at it. It is a tough place but we are looking forward to it."
By his own admission, Moyes adopted a conservative approach to his first few games in the job.
That stance now appears to have changed.
Rio Ferdinand's absence – Moyes confirmed he would have missed the trip even without the groin problem that eventually ruled him out – seems to be an admission the 34-year-old cannot play back-to-back games.
Anderson's omission appears equally significant, and not in a good way for the Brazilian who has not fulfilled his promise at United.
Wilfried Zaha's omission, was predictable, even if Moyes' continued refusal to select the £15m (€18m) summer arrival from Crystal Palace remains perplexing.
At least Robin van Persie should start after his recent thigh complaint.
Moyes may not have taken too kindly to the intense scrutiny being placed not just on results, but his public utterances.
He bristled when informed Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu had questioned his recent squad rotation.
"It never caused Alex Ferguson any problem when he did it," he said.
But this is the high-profile role Moyes put himself forward for when he answered the call from Ferguson last spring.
And it was rammed home again when fans turned out to greet his team in Donetsk last night.
"It is always the thing at Manchester United," said Moyes. "Everyone is interested in them. It is a talking point for everybody throughout the world."