A new era has dawned at Manchester United with Erik ten Hag jetting in to take his place in the managerial hot seat.
The role has proven to be somewhat of a cursed chalice since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, with the club lurching from one disappointment to the next since the legendary Scot retired.
This time last year, it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was hard at work preparing for the upcoming Premier League season and it looked, on the surface, like he was making all the right moves.
Jadon Sancho was signed, with Rafael Varane and his wealth of experience also joining.
However, the coup of the summer came when they managed to convince Cristiano Ronaldo to spurn the advances of Manchester City and instead rejoin the ranks at Old Trafford.
Fast forward a year, however, and the outlook reads very differently.
Solskjaer has long since departed and his glut of shiny new signings, bar Ronaldo, were thoroughly underwhelming over the course of the season.
The gravity of the task would not have been lost on Ten Hag when he got down to business at the beginning of the month but the size of the mountain that needs climbing just seems to grow evermore.
That is because United seem to be really struggling to make any sort of dent in the transfer market and have already suffered a number of rejections from some of their targets.
The result is that, while Liverpool and Man City have both already landed their blockbuster deals, United are yet to add to their squad at all.
Unsurprisingly, the club have become the butt of the proverbial transfer window joke as their quiet summer continues apace.
Michael van Gerwen has a dig at Manchester United
After Paddy Power posted a tongue-in-cheek tweet naming Van Gerwen as one of United’s latest transfer targets, the Dutchman couldn’t help himself but have a dig.
I’m a Champions League player I’m not dropping down 😝 https://t.co/0XTJ7HdMvH— Michael Van Gerwen (@MvG180) June 23, 2022
Brutal. Absolutely no mercy shown by Mighty Mike.
You can’t imagine that United will stay quiet for long but, as the days tick by, the more prone they may become the ill-fated panic buy.
However, ten Hag looks like he has a calm head on his shoulders and won’t be phased by the slog the transfer window is proving to be so far.