The new manager at the Theatre of Dreams, Louis Van Gaal, has set his sights on 2015-16 to win the Premier League and then triumph at the European stage later.
"I hope we are in the top four this season because the Champions League suits a club like United, and then maybe the next step is to be champions and then the next step is to be the winners of the Champions League," the United manager said.
With Manchester United off to its worst start in Premier League history, the pressure has increased on the incoming Dutchman to drag United out of mediocrity.
The second round 4-0 defeat at MK Dons has only added fuel to the fire, and is testing the patience of the United supporters.
But the United management will commit a huge blunder if the same treatment is meted out to Van Gaal as his predecessor. The former Netherlands coach has a history of starting slow in competitions, and taking his own sweet time to understand the strengths and weaknesses of his squad, and build the best combination of eleven players.
In both his times at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he endured a tough beginning but finished as champions. It is something that he believes in, and wishes to carry out this philosophy at United too.
The signing of Angel Di Maria is a statement of intent from the United camp, and they need a couple of good signings if they wish to enter the hallowed portals of Champions League once again.
Winning the league next year will be a miraculous turnaround for the Red Devils, who have now assembled the most expensive squad in Premier League history.