As far as knee-jerk reactions go, Manchester United seem to be making a habit of them.
Gameweek four saw Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all lose to less fancied teams. HT looks at the four talking points from the weekend’s Premier League action.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said he would not jump into the transfer market to solve his side's goal-scoring problems following their 2-1 defeat at Swansea City on Sunday.
Swansea City came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 as Louis van Gaal's side's unbeaten start to the Premier League season ground to a halt on Sunday.
Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday announced the signing of Belgium playmaker Kevin De Bruyne from German side Wolfsburg on a six-year contract.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has no plans to spend big in the final few days of the transfer window in a bid to end the reigning EPL champion's early season struggles.
Real Madrid hammered Real Betis 5-0 on Saturday to get their La Liga season up and running, while reigning champions Barcelona edged Malaga 1-0.
Champions Chelsea slumped to a shock 2-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday with manager Jose Mourinho suffering only his second Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Louis van Gaal believes his 50th match in charge of the side, Sunday's fixture against Swansea City, will provide the perfect opportunity to show how far the team has progressed in his reign.
Arjen Robben will replace Robin van Persie as the Netherlands captain, new coach Danny Blind said on Friday after naming the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey next month.
Reigning champions Barcelona and returning giants Manchester United were dealt favourable hands in the Champions League draw in Monaco on Thursday.
Lionel Messi was voted Uefa's best player in Europe for 2014-2015 at the Champions League draw ceremony in Monaco, while Germany's Celia Sasic won the women's award.
"I have given him always the confidence that a player needs, but I think Wayne has a very strong mentality and with his level he always shall come back," Louis van Gaal said.
Manchester United ended their one-year Champions League hiatus when Wayne Rooney struck a hat-trick in a 4-0 destruction of Club Bruges that sent the three-time winners through 7-1 on aggregate on Wednesday.
AC Milan will insert a good behaviour clause into maverick striker Mario Balotelli's contract, banning extravagant haircuts and clothing and committing him to a healthy lifestyle.