LONDON - Arsenal inched clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday after Manchester United sensationally crashed at home to West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City lost at Aston Villa.
A week on from their 4-1 derby humiliation at City, United were looking to return to winning ways in the league but instead slumped to a 2-1 defeat that left the champions in 12th place in the table.
On-loan Marseille winger Morgan Amalfitano put West Brom ahead with an exquisite individual goal in the 54th minute, picking the ball up on halfway and nutmegging Rio Ferdinand before insouciantly dinking the ball over goalkeeper David de Gea.
Wayne Rooney equalised three minutes later, with a free-kick from wide on the left that eluded everyone, only for 20-year-old midfielder Saido Berahino to restore West Brom's lead with a fierce left-foot drive.
Steve Clarke's side held on for a victory that means United have now made their worst start to a season since 1989, in Moyes's first campaign since succeeding the legendary Alex Ferguson as manager.
"It was a poor result and a poor performance," said Moyes.
"We never really got going. We had a lot of the ball in the first half and never made many chances from it. They always looked a threat on the break, in the first half especially, and even more so in the second half.
"We missed that spark and West Brom deserved it, no question. I can't argue with that."
United's fans could nonetheless take a small crumb of consolation from the fact that their conquerors from last weekend fell to a 3-2 defeat at Villa Park.
Arsenal capitalised on their rivals' setbacks by winning 2-1 at Swansea City to move two points clear of second-place Tottenham Hotspur, and eight clear of United.
The in-form Aaron Ramsey was once again their match-winner, teeing up a 58th-minute opener for 18-year-old German winger Serge Gnabry before slamming home four minutes later to claim his eighth goal of the season.
Left-back Ben Davies replied for Swansea with eight minutes remaining, but Arsenal survived.
Earlier, Spurs drew 1-1 at home to Chelsea in the first managerial meeting between former colleagues Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas.
Record signing Dani Osvaldo scored his first Southampton goal in a 2-0 win at home to Crystal Palace, which catapulted Mauricio Pochettino's side to the heady heights of fourth place.
An injury-time thunderbolt from Jordan Mutch gave Cardiff City a dramatic 2-1 win at Fulham, while Hull City beat West Ham United 1-0 via a 12th-minute penalty by Robbie Brady.