There have been suggestions that manager David Moyes could be fired and Jurgen Klopp or Louis van Gaal could be brought in.
With the Red Devils out of the Champions League, some have claimed that the most successful club in Premier League history will struggle to attract top players. Why would anyone want to join a club with no European football to offer?
One of them jumping on the bandwagon is former United striker Louis Saha, who played for them between 2004 and 2008.
The 35-year-old former France international has now retired from the game, but it seems that he is keeping a close eye on how things are unfolding at Old Trafford.
‘It is a huge blow’, he told talkSPORT. ‘People were not expecting something like this to happen. It is now about making sure the transfer market is well worked.
‘We all know money is very important in terms of finding the right players and when you don't appear in the Champions League, it is a big blow’.
It is indeed “a big blow” for United, but this is one of the biggest clubs in the world, and players will be interested in switching to Old Trafford.
Since the 1990s, under Sir Alex Ferguson, United have established themselves as the club kids around the world want to play for. In the summer of 2012, Shinji Kagawa left Borussia Dortmund despite winning the Bundeslige twice in a row and Klopp said that he understood his decision, admitting that “for most Japanese people it means more to play for Man United than Dortmund”.
Even Robin van Persie, who has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer as he is said to be unhappy with Moyes’ management, shunned the riches of Manchester City to move to Old Trafford. Juan Mata left Chelsea for United in January for failing to play regularly under Jose Mourinho and despite knowing all about the Red Devils’ struggles.
Moreover, United can pay top players top wages and can attract talented young players. One of the richest clubs in the world and one of the most respected, they are still attractive to many footballers hoping and deserving to get the big break.
All that history and aura created over decades do not wash away after one season of mediocrity.