OWEN Coyle may have sent shockwaves around Old Trafford - but the Burnley manager still believes United will make it a record fourth successive Premier League crown this season.
Burnley's stunning 1-0 win at Turf Moor last night has put the spotlight on Sir Alex Ferguson's summer spending - following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.
It has raised question marks as to whether the United boss has adequately replenished his squad with the signings of Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia and Gabriel Obertan.
And the pressure will now be on Ferguson to spend some more of the £80m he received for Ronaldo before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.
But Coyle is convinced United are still the team to beat and he believes Ferguson will once again prove his critics wrong.
"Sir Alex dealt with defeat in the gracious manner I would expect of someone like that," said Coyle. "He is the best manager in world football and I still expect Manchester United to be champions."
Few others who witnessed United's performance could share Coyle's confidence.
After watching Robbie Blake's 19th minute strike subject his side to their first defeat of a season that is only two games old, even Ferguson took the unsual step of criticising his players.
"It was a bad performance considering the chances and possession we had," he said. "Maybe if we had got the penalty just before half time it would have made a difference but in saying that we were too frivolous with the chances we had.
“I am sure we will get a response at Wigan. The players are all disappointed. It was a bad result for us. It was a good passing pitch and we should have done better."