So often Manchester United have chased, been led a merry dance and failed in the acquisition of world class footballers. The prolonged pursuits of Ronaldinho and Fabregas are embarrassing examples of this from down the years.
So when the loan signing of Radamel Falcao was announced, united fans began to fantasise at the prospect of goals and records that would tumble. It hasn’t happened has it?
For the first time since the period between 1986-1989, Manchester United will go two seasons in a row without any silverware, after Arsenal deservedly clinched a 2-1 win at Old Trafford to book themselves a place in the FA Cup semifinal.
Having gone behind halfway through the first half, United responded brilliantly thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal and even produced some good attacking football in the first 45 minutes, before it all came crashing down in the second half.
Here’s five talking points from Monday night.
Arsene Wenger has claimed that Ryan Giggs’ goal in the replay of the 1999 FA Cup still haunts him, adding that the Welshman’s incredible finish effectively put United on course for a historic Treble.
Having gone ahead through a superb David Beckham strike, United were pegged back by a great finish from Dennis Bergkamp and had Roy Keane sent off for a second yellow deep into the second half.
Paris St Germain defender Marquinhos has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Manchester United in the summer. It is well-known that United need reinforcements in defence.
The signings of Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have only added temporary reinforcement to the inexperienced line. United have been looking at a number of top defenders. They are thought to hold a long-standing interest in Borussia Dortmund centre back Mats Hummels. The poor form of the 26-year-old appears to have made United look at other alternatives. United are back to winning ways in the top four race after a 2-0 win over Sunderland.
Betfair puts United at 8/11 to qualify for the 2015/16 Champions League.
It’s quieter than a nun’s hen party. Like some tragic episode of the Tweenies many are asking where have all the journalists gone?
Last week Van Gaal was the wrong man to lead United, the club was in permanent decline and Ryan Giggs was being stifled by his Dutch overlord.
It appears this week’s theme is despair vs faith.
Either you’re willing to give Van Gaal time to build his team, bed in new players and establish a regime or you’re frothing at the mouth, grabbing torches and pitchforks, incoherently muttering about Dennis Irwin and are ready to hire the latest European manager with a floppy fringe.
David De Gea has dismissed rumours of problems between him and Louis Van Gaal as “complete lies”, insisting he’s really happy at Manchester United.
The Spaniard has been United’s player of the season so far with his performances attracting attention from Real Madrid, while speculations on his future have abounded.
Manchester United will be without Robin Van Persie for at least a month, after the Dutchman suffered an ankle injury against Swansea on Saturday.
Van Persie was forced to play on as Louis Van Gaal had already used all of his three substitutions, but ended up hobbling around for the last 20 minutes of the match as United chased an equaliser that did not materialise.