Having spent an eye-watering sum of money in the summer, Jose Mourinho presumably went into Manchester United’s first league game of the season in a buoyant mood.
And following the 3-1 win at Bournemouth, he probably thought he’d built a team capable of ending United’s three-year spell in the wilderness. Especially when that result was followed up by two more wins.
But the Premier League is full of surprise - Leicester City proved that last season - and things haven’t been quite so rosy since.
United’s three-game losing streak has dropped them to seventh in the standings, six points behind Manchester City, and they’re Europa League campaign got off to the worst possible start.
To compound his woes, his decision to spend £89 million on Paul Pogba isn’t working out as planned.
The French midfielder is struggling immensely on his return to England. He hasn’t scored a goal, recorded an assist or, even more worryingly, hasn’t dictated a game in the manner United will have expected him to.
Talk of dropping Wayne Rooney and pushing Pogba into an advanced position is seen as one of the solutions to Mourinho’s problem but the Portuguese is prepared to use an alternative - and more costly - route.
According to The Sun, the United boss is prepared to pay £30m to sign Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater. Sound familiar? It should do.
Four years ago, United allowed Drinkwater to leave for the Foxes, seven months before letting Pogba walk.
The Red Devils were forced to spend big to bring Pogba back and they could be about to do the same with Drinkwater.
Mourinho believes the England international can be the ideal defensive midfielder in his team, sitting in front of the defence and giving Pogba licence to push forward.
Drinkwater was given few opportunities to crack the United first team and was loaned out to Huddersfield, Cardiff City, Watford and Barnsley during his time at Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old is certainly a late bloomer, yet his performances for Leicester have left United supporters wondering why Sir Alex Ferguson failed to spot his talent.
Paul Scholes’ presence was always going to make it difficult for Drinkwater to get into the first team, but he also became disillusioned by a lack of regular action.
"I played United’s reserves for a few years and I wanted to take that next step, which was a loan move," Drinkwater said in March, per the Manchester Evening News.
“I spent two years out in total and I didn’t really want to go back into the reserves and dip in and out of the first team. I wanted to play.
"People like Paul Scholes were in my way at United — what are you going to do with that?”