Many Manchester United fans consider last season to be a success, with Louis Van Gaal guiding the team into fourth place in the Premier League and securing Champions League spot.
This may well be due to the shocking failure of United under David Moyes, with the club finishing in a lowly seventh place and failing to win anything apart from the Community Shield, just a year after winning the title in Sir Alex Ferguson's swansong.
That season's lack of success was not taken lightly by United fans or owners alike, with the club deciding to invest heavily after bringing in manager Louis van Gaal, who spent millions on the likes of Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw and Radamel Falcao.
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However, after another trophy-less season for what many fans consider the 'the biggest club in the world,' it's difficult to argue that all that investment was wholly effective, with United choosing not to take Falcao on a permanent deal after spending most the season on the bench, and Di Maria fading out as the season went on.
There were bright spots in United's season, with Wayne Rooney proving his ability to captain the side, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera impressing, David de Gea proving he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and a return to the top flight of European football.
But, it is again clear that last season is not deemed a success by the hierarchy at United, with the club openly expressing an interest in world class names such as Sergio Ramos and Bastian Schweinsteiger, and already whacking out £31 million on Memphis Depay.
United are desperate to build on the successes of last season to again compete for the title and a return to the prosperity they are so used to. But, with Radamel Falcao earning nearly £300,000-a-week last year, it doesn't speak positively of United's knack for good business recently, especially considering Jose Mourinho led Chelsea to a league and cup double whilst making a profit.
However, their local rivals Manchester City have proven that spending big can bring success, as two Premier titles in four years proves. It now remains to be seen as to whether top signings manage to help Manchester United challenge for silverware.
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