Manchester United assistant coach Ryan Giggs has admitted to worrying about a hangover at the club from last season.
Giggs took over for the final part of the last campaign after David Moyes was given his marching orders after a terrible debut year in charge of the club.
Several United players underperformed last season, which saw the team slip from being Premier League champions to not even qualifying for any form of European football this coming season.
“You don’t know if players will be scarred by last season but you hope they respond in a positive way,” said Giggs.
“In my first season we lost out in the league against Leeds and I couldn’t wait in the pre-season to get back. I wanted to get rid of that feeling I had because until you could do something about it that feeling was always there.”
Manchester United were battered from all angles last season as several Old Trafford records fell but the early signs from the Louis van Gaal era are positive.
The Dutchman ordered a number of changes to be made to United’s Carrington training complex before the side jetted off for the pre-season tour of the USA and the team adapted well to his ideal formation.
The thrashing of LA Galaxy in United’s first game under LvG saw players playing with the freedom and flexibility which was rarely seen during the days of David Moyes.
Of course, it’s important not to read too much into that result but the players seemed determined to put on a show after underperforming massively on several occasions last season.
It’s fair to suggest they are itching to get back but pre-season could produce further challenges for a side likely to still be tender from last season.
Roma, Real Madrid and Inter Milan are the next three games for United and there are also suggestions the club is struggling to do a deal for Juventus’s Arturo Vidal having also missed out on Angel Di Maria.
However, there are smiles on faces, a good team spirit and little evidence so far of the hangover that Giggs suggests he’s worried about.
Surely this season can’t be as bad as the last one, can it?