So here we are, half way through the Premier League season and still waiting for the real Manchester United to stand up and be counted.
It hasn't been all doom and gloom for the Red Devils, of course. Football is a results business and up until a poor run of form in December, Louis van Gaal's side were still within touching distance of the league leaders.
Fans remain aggrieved by their side's Champions League elimination and lack of exciting football, but there's no use in reflecting on the past; the future is now what counts.
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Transfers undoubtedly need to be made in the January transfer window if they're to cement a top four finish. Is the Premier League title out of the question? Of course not, but let's be honest with ourselves.
Arsenal and Manchester City are yet to find top gear this season and as of when they do, United haven't the firepower to compete.
So what's the answer? What's clear is the club's hierarchy have a big decision to make: keep Van Gaal and allow him until the end of the season to turn United's season around, or sack the Dutchman and hope his replacement can breathe life into the 20-time league champions.
It's likely they'll opt for the former, and following their win over Swansea City last weekend, in which Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney both scored, there will be hope the victory could be a turning point in the club's season.
The issue remains that Van Gaal is implementing boring football - no longer are United a side that flaunt flair, guile and exciting football. The mentality of 'you score three and we'll score four', is no more.
So who better than to manager United than club legend and assistant manager, Ryan Giggs. Inexperienced he might be, but the Welshman's knowledge and dedication to the Red Devils is undoubted.
And following Real Madrid's hiring of Zinedine Zidane, why shouldn't United appoint Giggs? Trust is key and with the board's faith, the former midfielder could revitalise a club he enjoyed 24 years with as a player.