It hasn't really gone to plan for Manchester United has it? Unwanted records are being broken and despite spending a vast sum in the summer transfer window and shipping out a number of players too, the squad still looks unbalanced.
In amongst the gloom though there have been some signs of encouragement.
Louis Van Gaal said he was "not shocked" by United's abysmal capitulation against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup last night, as his team slumped to one of their most embarrassing defeats in over a decade.
Experimental though the line-up might have been with a few youngsters making their first team debut, United were still able to call upon David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and, albeit briefly, Shinji Kagawa, but did not spare them the blushes of being thrashed by a League One side.
It was bound to happen. It always does with a new relationship. The first few months are like a fairytale, they draw you in and fill you with hope and before you know it you're swept into a whirlwind romance showing no signs of letting up.
It wasn't like this last time around. The last didn't fill me with the confidence I needed to go forward, it wasn't a walk in the park, there was no singing, dancing or shouting from the rooftops and to be honest, I just wasn't happy.
Louis Van Gaal has vowed to stick with the 3-5-2 formation that marked United's 7-0 win against LA Galaxy earlier this morning, as the Dutchman made his debut as Manchester United manager in the first pre-season friendly.
Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young both grabbed two goals apiece, while Danny Welbeck was also on the scoresheet but the biggest point of focus of Van Gaal's first game in charge was the 3-5-2 formation he opted to field, with Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at centre-backs and Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia at wing-backs.
Manchester United has announced its 25-man squad for the 2014 US summer tour.
The squad will feature stars such as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Danny Welbeck, David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and new signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.
The club, who will fly to the United States today to begin its tour, will play a series of friendly matches across the United States:
• LA Galaxy vs Manchester United (Los Angeles) — July 23 • AS Roma vs Manchester United (Denver) — July 26 • Inter Milan vs Manchester United (Washington DC) — July 29 • Real Madrid vs Manchester United (Ann Arbor) — August 2
Manchester United may also play in Miami on August 4 if the club ends up being a group winner in the International Champions Cup.
It's been a quietly remarkable couple of years for Jonny Evans.
Following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, he is now the most senior and dependable central defender at Manchester United; quite the turnaround for a player who was all but written off by those too impatient or pessimistic to give youth a chance two seasons ago.
Manchester United have completed their final training session before tomorrow's game against Bayern Munich. As we reported earlier, Wayne Rooney, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra and Ashley Young all took part.
David Moyes has insisted that Rio Ferdinand hasn't been marginalised since the former Everton manager arrived at Old Trafford and Moyes has reiterated that the 35-year-old defender remains an important figure for the club.
Ferdinand has started just seven league games this campaign, but has played just once in the Premier League since September, with Moyes opting to play Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling at centre-back, while Ferdinand has picked up an injury against Swansea a month ago and hasn't played since.
Four months into their first season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm for 26 years, Manchester United's rollercoaster shows no sign of stopping, with Boxing Day's result against Hull confirming that David Moyes' men seem to have rediscovered the good old habit of snatching results from the jaws of defeat.
Both Manchester United and Newcastle United had a midweek to forget as David Moyes charges falling to his former club Everton at Old Trafford for the first time since 1992, while Newcastle were soundly beaten by Swansea at the Liberty stadium despite the absentee's of Michu and Bony but it didn't stop Alan Pardew picking up the Manager of the Month for November and with that taken on board and the lack of wins at Old Trafford I'd go for a comfortable home win for the Red Devils.
Jonny Evans has claimed that despite United's stuttering start to the season, the players have never felt the need to hit the panic button, nor have they lost confidence in their abilities, despite a number of set-backs, including last Sunday's draw against Cardiff.
United got off to their first season under David Moyes in the worst way possible way, with pressure mounting on the new manager to start delivering results, after defeats against Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom.
Jonny Evans has praised Wayne Rooney's performance against Arsenal on Sunday, hailing the United striker as an example for all his team-mates this season.
After a turbulent summer, during which he seemed set to depart United, Rooney has enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in form and Sunday's performance against the league leaders proved again just how valuable the 28-year-old is to David Moyes and Manchester United, as Rooney put in an impressive shift as well as providing the assist for Robin Van Persie's winner.
Last season was the best of Jonny Evans' Manchester United career. His sparkling late season form was rewarded with continuous team selection by Sir Alex Ferguson, and, with the old guard of Vidic and Ferdinand beginning to show signs of aging, the Northern Ireland international looked to be an integral part of United's backline going forward.
Robin van Persie continued to haunt his former employers, as his first half header pushes Manchester United within five points of league leaders Arsenal.
Van Persie returned to the starting eleven to lead the line ahead of Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Shinji Kagawa. Michael Carrick and Phil Jones formed a midfield duo, while Jonny Evans partnered Nemanja Vidic at centre back.
A clean sheet in Europe after ages. Jonny Evans and Phil Jones again showed the fans that they are the future of this great football club. More noticeably, the former is a Manchester United academy product one that we can gloat about. Every club has a player that surpasses or finally lives up to the expectations.
Manchester United have been granted a brief reprieve with their 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Stoke City today. But for many supporters, the performance of the team for the majority of the match was extremely poor. If it weren't for the efforts of Wayne Rooney, Adnan Januzaj, David de Gea and Chicharito, the Red Devils would have been answering some serious questions following the match at Old Trafford.
Yesterday's World Cup qualifiers were a mixed bag for United players, with Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie on the scoresheet, while Jonny Evans was sent off for Northern Ireland.
At Wembley, Rooney scored England's first goal as Roy Hodgson's men thumped Montenegro 4-1, with Rooney and Danny Welbeck putting in a good performance, while Michael Carrick came off the bench in the second half.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has named a strong starting eleven for today's Capital One Cup match against rivals Liverpool. Midfielder Shinji Kagawa has finally earned a domestic start under the Scot, with in-form Wayne Rooney once again leading the club's attack. Portuguese winger Nani is also set to make his first start since signing a new contract at Old Trafford, while Chris Smalling retains his place in the United back four.
With the return of Jose Mourinho to the Premier League this year, Manchester United defender Jonny Evans spoke out to reveal that Mourinho's classic mind games don't work against the Premier League champions. Mourinho has already started with the mind games as he revealed his thoughts that the Prem is open for the taking as the title winners the last few years, including Manchester United, did not have the same quality as the clubs before them.
Manchester United have a very difficult fixture list to begin the new season this year but defender Jonny Evans is ready to play tough matches right out of the gate. The United defender believes the club will have to play these games at some point in the season anyways, so it might as well be now.
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans said that he would be happy to play with Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale when asked about the possibility of either of the players coming to Old Trafford this summer. After rumors have surfaced linking Bale to United and reports that Ronaldo was seen in Manchester yesterday, Evans relayed his thoughts on the matter.
David Moyes spoke out following Manchester United's 1-1 draw at the Friends Arena in Stockholm against Swedish sideAIK Fotboll to reveal that midfielder Nani and defender Jonny Evans had picked up injuries throughout the course of the match. It appears that both injuries are minor and each player was taken off more as a precaution with the beginning of the Premier League season less than two weeks away and United set to take on Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield this Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
United: Edwin van der Sar, John O'Shea, Jonny Evans, Nemanja VidiÄ‡ (c), FÃ¡bio, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Park Ji-Sung, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen. United substitutes: Tomasz Kuszczak, Chris Smalling, Ryan Giggs, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Dimitar Berbatov and Javier HernÃ¡ndez.
Tuesday's shambolic 4-0 defeat against MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup could force Louis Van Gaal into sanctioning the sale of another couple of United players, who the Dutchman deems surplus to requirements.
Danny Welbeck, Nick Powell, Anderson, Shinji Kagawa and even Jonny Evans could soon be heading for the exit door at Old Trafford, according to reports in the Mirror.