David Moyes' start to the season has probably been as far from his dream United beginning as physically possible.
Having had poor dealings in the transfer window, United have stuttered and stalled in their first few games under the former Everton manager and a shaky 2-1 win over bottom of the league Sunderland at the weekend, did little to silence doubters.
However there were few that can honestly say they were expecting immediate continued success in the post-Fergie era, and the general consensus is that it will take time for Moyes to bring trophies to Old Trafford.
There are other ways in which Moyes can salvage a successful season after what has been a terrible start.
Here are five things the Scot must get right if he is to save some face for United...