Despite winning the International Champions Cup with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool last night, Louis van Gaal has revealed that Manchester are not ready for the new season.
United have remained unbeaten throughout their pre-season tour of America and impressed all viewers with their style of performances, but their new manager evidently thinks that they are still some way off being ready for competitive football yet.
"I wish that we start a little bit later," he told MUTV. "For example, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj and Nick Powell are not here. Robin van Persie started yesterday so we are not ready yet. But, okay, we will have to train in the season more than ever to make sure we are prepared."
The Red Devils season starts on August 16 when they take on Swansea City at Old Trafford and they will be hoping to carry the momentum that they have garnered in pre-season into the match.
United have wasted no time adapting to Van Gaal’s newly implemented 3-4-1-2 formation and have played with a tempo that is in stark contrast to what was on show in some of their displays last season.
In the 2013/14 campaign, United looked a side far away from the one that won the title only the year before - regularly seeing their tactics exposed by teams across the league.
It was a terrible season, where they struggled to acclimatise to life without Sir Alex Ferguson, and one which all at Old Trafford are hoping to forget very quickly.
The signs are that they will be able to this year, with Van Gaal starting life as manager admirably and rejuvenating the side’s fans so that there is a sense of anticipation around the club once again.
Imperative to keeping this positive attitude will be getting off to a good start, though, and some concerns may have arisen from Van Gaal’s most recent statement.
That said, the 62-year-old Dutchman is a hard task-master and has previously stated that it will take three months to get used to his management style and system of preference – so perhaps it is just a case that they are slightly below his very high standards.