David Moyes has endured a tough start to tough life in the Old Trafford hot seat, but many forget that his predecessor went through years of hardship before success.
Of course the former Everton boss would have rather headed into this international break with nine points after a rousing victory over United's fiercest rivals and a litter of his high profile transfer targets safely on the books.
As it is, defeat at Anfield and a drab draw with Chelsea coupled with a string of blunders in the transfer market have left him with only Marouane Fellaini to show for his summer efforts.
It's like he's been sent to the supermarket to do the weekly shop by his wife and he's come back with just bread and eggs and now he's getting a telling off. Except in this case, its the worldwide multi-million strong fanbase of United that are giving him a telling off. A severe one.
However it is easy to forget that the Red Devil's have in excess of 45 games to turn things around.
Is it a massive crime to not add to a side that won the Premier league so comfortably last season? The problems encountered by Ferguson were much worse, and they lasted around three years.
The elder members of the Old Trafford faithful will remember the times they were calling for the Scot's head back in the late 80's.
Having spent a fortune after replacing Ron Atkinson with a player overhaul, United were still struggling for results.
It came to a point where banners were being held up: 'Three years of excuses and its still crap...ta-ra Fergie.'
Then came the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest where it was widely expected that after three disappointing seasons in charge, Fergie would get the sack.
But up popped Mark Robins to win it, and the rest was history, 26 years of it.
Moyes' side are still favourites to win the league and that shouldn't be forgotten, it cant be easy to takeover from the most successful manager ever.
There'll certainly be no 11th place finishes as happened to a Ferguson-led United team.
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