Manchester United fans are desperate for a title challenge ahead of Jose Mourinho's third season as manager.
When the Portuguese arrived at the club in 2016, supporters were hopeful that the Red Devils would finally contend for the Premier League crown again but have been left wanting.
Mourinho has secured silverware at the club with success in the League Cup and Europa League, yet it's the league and Champions League that fans really care about.
And while it's hard to see United removing Mourinho if they once again fell short this season, patience will start to run thinner and thinner.
As a result, the 2018-19 campaign might be the time for Mourinho to pile everything into a title challenge and usurping Pep Guardiola's seemingly invincible Manchester City.
Man Utd start pre-season
Well, the journey towards that goal start this week with the return of Manchester United players to pre-season.
The likes of Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera were all back in action, even if the club still awaits the return of squad members participating in the World Cup.
And it seems Mourinho really is pulling out all the stocks to ensure his players are prepared for the season ahead.
Mourinho's 'brutal' pre-season plan
According to The Sun, the 55-year-old is enforcing a 'brutal' pre-season training regime with the squad booked in for double sessions over the coming weeks.
Not only that, but Mourinho has introduced a specialist hygienist to carry out tests on the players, looking for health and injury problems missed by other tests.
A source at the club explained: “Jose wants to get the lads in tip-top shape ahead of the new season.
“He has got them doing two training sessions for the whole of this week. It’s going to be some tough work.
“The boss thinks they should be fit and raring to go before the World Cup guys return in the next few weeks.
“The guys will be training at 11.30 and 4pm all week. The dentist is even in at Carrington for checks.”
The time for relaxing and unwinding is well and truly over for the United squad.
Whether or not this harsh regime is brought about by the disappointment of last season, it's clear that Mourinho is doing everything in his power to ensure his squad is prepared for August.
If there's any complaints about United next season, it shouldn't concern their fitness.
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