As seasons go for a massive club like Manchester United, the 18/19 campaign was a contender for their worst ever in their modern history.
The Red Devils slumped to a sixth placed finish which saw them concede a record number of goals (53), fail to secure Champions League football lose on no fewer than 10 occasions.
United's poor start to the campaign saw Jose Mourinho sacked in December and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who after delivering some initial success has now realised the sheer scale of the job that's on his hands to get them competing once again.
United ended the campaign a colossal 32 points behind neighbours City who went on to win back-to-back titles for the first time in their history and there's a number of reasons why they've fallen so behind. But one of the overriding ones appears to be their recruitment strategy.
Ever since the departures of David Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson, United haven't been the buccaneering force on or off the pitch that they once were. The game is changing and we're seeing more & more clubs operating with sporting directors or directors of football who work closely with the management team and present transfer targets.
United have been left behind by their rivals in that respect and it's told. Businessmen run the club with CEO Ed Woodward making some questionable decisions but now they know this summer, they MUST get things right.
Big name marquee signings haven't worked and they need young, hungry players who fit Solskjaer's system. A new era is on the horizon at Old Trafford and they've been strongly linked with two rather surprising names since the transfer window opened yesterday in Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff & Swansea City's Daniel James.
In recent seasons United have splashed out mega money on the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez so these two signings represent something very different & as you can imagine, social media has been rife with comments on the pair.
Fans of rival clubs have been laughing at the demise of the Red Devils all season but these two signings whilst not being big names could make an impact at Old Trafford. What are you thoughts? Let us know @FootyAccums!