Under Louis van Gaal, Manchester United were supposed to be a team heading in the right direction. The new regime at Old Trafford was expected to bring the feel good factor back to Old Trafford.
And, before the start of the season, confidence appeared to be high at the club again, as United - playing in a 3-5-2 formation - beat the likes of Roma, Real Madrid and Liverpool, ultimately securing the International Champions Cup.
Van Gaal vs Moyes
Unfortunately for Van Gaal and Co., though, pre-season is not the Premier League. 10 games in and the Red Devils have failed miserably to get back on track after a disastrous campaign under David Moyes.
In fact, United have endured their worst start since 1986, which ultimately was the campaign that Ron Atkinson was replaced by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm.
Despite having splashed around £150 million on new players, things haven't appeared to improve since last season.
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United's points tally really doesn't make great reading: with just three wins in their opening 10 games, United have accumulated just 13 points. David Moyes' Manchester United, on the other hand, racked up as many as 17 points after the same amount of games.
And, arguably, Moyes' opening fixtures were harder than the Dutchman's. Without a doubt, United's last two league games - against Manchester City and Chelsea - were always going to prove difficult, but their first eight games didn't look half bad.
What must really hurt Van Gaal, though, is the fact that his side still haven't won a game on the road this season. Defeats to Leicester City and Manchester City have coincided with draws against West Brom, Sunderland and Burnley. Moyes' side may well have struggled at Old Trafford last term, but they were actually very good away from home.
Crucified for spending
When comparing Van Gaal and Moyes, you have to take a look at the two summers of spending. David Moyes, of course, was crucified for his huge outlay on midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian endured a torrid debut season at the Theatre of Dreams as he failed to adapt to his new surroundings.
While Moyes landed just one player, Van Gaal went mad, securing the services of six new stars. And, they weren't just any old players, they were the likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria and Co.
Moyes was criticised for his one signing, but Van Gaal must take the blame for failing to land a world-class defender. Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw were brought in, but a lack of experience at the back has continued to cost the club.
Signs of improvement
Of course, many will look back to Van Gaal's and Moyes' records, but there are many Manchester United fans who will feel that things are set to change.
There's no doubt about it, United lacked an identity under the previous regime; a plan never really seemed to be in place. The Red Devils didn't look like a team - they looked like a bunch of individuals. The players struggled to adapt under Moyes as the manager failed to implement a plan.
Van Gaal, meanwhile, despite changing formation in the early stages of this season, seemingly has a philosophy that he wants his players to follow. By no means has it been great, but United have showed glimpses that things are coming together. They may well have only racked up one point in their last two outings, but there have been signs that Manchester United - as a team - are finding their feet again.
Ultimately, though, it's points that count, and United must start getting them on the board over the coming weeks and months. Moyes was handed 34 league games in charge of the Red Devils, so Van Gaal still has time to turn things around at the Theatre of Dreams.
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