Optimism is in short supply for the vast majority of those connected with the Red side of Manchester at the moment.
A mammoth 13 points away from fourth, dumped out of the cups in embarrassing fashion and on the verge of European elimination to the weakest team still in the competition, it's safe to say 2013/2014 has been a season of woe for the Red Devils.
But whilst fans take to twitter to call for David Moyes' head, and players - namely Robin van Persie - complain about tactics, supporters should still be hopeful of a bright future.
In the 2003/2004 season, David Moyes guided Everton to their lowest points total in 100 years, just managing to avoid relegation.
The Toffees board decided to stay faithful to their Scottish manager and the dividends were soon reaped.
In complete contrast to the prior season, Moyes incredibly secured a Champions League spot with the club. His biggest signing that season was Tim Cahill from Championship side Millwall.
And United - along with the fans - must stay behind Moyes.
The squad is admittedly thin in areas, but invariably blessed in others.
Only Manchester City could boast a similar number of genuinely quality strikers.
In van Persie and Wayne Rooney they have arguably the best front two in world football.
And with a reported transfer kitty of £200million, Moyes can add world class talent to an already experienced squad.
And even if United fail to qualify for Europe's elite competition, A club of their standing can still expect to attract the best stars.
Record signing Juan Mata, meanwhile, should be ready to hit the ground running come August. A six-month adaptation period to his new team-mates behind him, we can expect to see the Mata that won consecutive player of the season awards at Stamford Bridge.
Then there's the matter of a certain Adnan Januzaj.
Having started the season as a relative unknown, the skilful attacker will approach the new season with a confidence and experience he probably lacked at the start of this campaign.
Add all of these factors together and the clouds looming above Old Trafford begin to part somewhat.
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