Every season there is optimism among the mancunians about a new, effective season after the terrible nine months they have usually experienced in the last few years. There's also a sense of progression ahead of the new season, as opposed to Anfield's "This Year Is Our Year," but eventually, as the sun goes down, optimism dies a slow, painful death.
So, where's the club? What about the fans who put their season tickets on the promise of a new dawn?
Manchester United is not the driving force that once existed under Sir Alex Ferguson since the post-World Cup Fergie era, the club on the slope is unlucky, because a series of bad results has torn the elite status of the Old Trafford team to shreds.
"Everything is really bad," said coach Jose Mourinho at one of his sensitive media conferences. Do not call it Mourinho's third season syndrome yet.
Paul Pogba, for all his technical skills, showboating and polka dots, have often been shown frustrating talks with Mourinho on the sideline last season. Mourinho and Alexis Sanchez dampened Anthony Martial's hopes of becoming the next superstar winger. Only Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard seemed to have settled completely under the fierce but angry manager.
But on Friday Old Trafford was surprisingly buzzing again. Pogba wore the captain's armband. Andreas Perriera, back from his loan in Valencia, made his debut in the Premier League. Luke Shaw scored his first professional goal. Mourinho smiled and celebrated with one of his assistant coach Michael Carrick. After all the Mürrik's preseason and the complaints about the club's transfer business, United started the new campaign with a win over Leicester City.
Just a week ago, Pogba was linked to a departure from United, aroused with Barcelona's interest by the Frenchman's frosty relationship with Mourinho after being repeatedly dropped last season. But with a man-of-the-match performance on Friday, Mourinho was in awe of Pogba's involvement. "Pogba was a monster, we thought a maximum (he could play) 60 minutes, but he made 80. He was fantastic, his contribution was amazing, but the fuel disappeared, we were in trouble," Mourinho said after the game. [1
After United's 2-1 victory over Leicester, Mourinho took a veiled trail toward the club's hierarchy – his last line should perhaps be as head coach rather than manager The club did not want to pursue its transfer goals
United CEO Ed Woodward was able to complete the services of Brazilian Fred Rodrigues, Diego Dalot and Lee Grant, apart from a wealth of commercial offerings in the summer transfer window. But it was not enough.
Before the start of the window, the British press reported that Mourinho wanted five players, but he only got three, making life difficult for the 55-year-old. But the question is, would it be better if he tried to make the most of what he already has? Just like Leicester?
Mourinho's priority should be to stabilize the (sinking) ship and get the most out of its core group. But looking at how rivals Manchester City and Liverpool have invested to strengthen their squad, any manager would feel insecure. Losing the title with 19 points to City was an embarrassing affair.
There was a glimmer of hope from United's office when Toby Alderweireld, Yerry Mina, Diego Godin, Jerome Boateng, and Harry Maguire suffered a heavy blow in the last week of the summer window. Despite their big club identity, the Red Devils were everywhere.
Mourinho could not get a center-back. But it's not the end, after all. There is still time.
It is said that good managers make good faces. But under one of football's biggest man-managers powdered the biggest team in England. His antics on the sidelines, his oath to referee and opposition coaches and his grumpy face at the end of the game have said a lot about his relationship with the club.
United finished sixth in the 2016/17 season, Mourinho's first as Red Devil's boss, and he still has not sorted the back four. United are currently printing with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo. Well, you have to thank David de Gea for saving his face every season since 2015.
Apart from the center-backs, Mourinho has trouble replacing Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, who are just outsiders. Luke Shaw has his own fight with fitness. Matteo Darmian does not cope with the physical needs of the Premier League. Mourinho obviously has no options left. United conceded only 28 Premier League goals last season but would have been much worse without De Gea
. United's midfield looks strong, but only on paper as Nemanja Matic, Pogba and Ander Herrera's combination failed. t have the strength to prove themselves in the field. Marouane Fellaini, who recently signed a new contract, was used as Plan B for late goals. Scott McTomay impressed Mourinho and earned praise for exceeding the expectations on a regular basis.
Nevertheless, they managed to reach the second place. Thanks to Romelu Lukaku, Lingard and Marcus Rashford. The trio teamed with De Gea during the nine hot months of United. Mourinho blamed the board for not supporting him on the transfer market.
Fred showed that he could solve United's midfield puzzles, alongside Perriera, Herrera or Matic, as Pogba was in a free role. He is not your midfield industry, but he can do things. Dalot could be crucial on the defensive, but he is still 19 and needs time to calm down.
Despite the victory on the opening day, the current situation is still a mess and Mourinho has to ensure that the season does not go the same way. There are high chances that the board in Mourinho loses its patience for Christmas. While the other half of Manchester are ready to defend their title, it's time for the red half to make their mark.