Things did not go according to plan in Louis van Gaal's first competitive match in charge of Manchester United.
By the end of their 2-1 defeat to Swansea City on Saturday the home side had reverted to long-balls and inaccurate crosses, as Marouane Fellaini acted as a make-shift striker and Wayne Rooney glared at his misfiring teammates.
It all looked so different when United took to the field in a wave of euphoria, and despite going a goal down to the visitors, Rooney's close-range overhead kick gave the Old Trafford faithful hope that things were about to get a whole lot better.
Alas, it was not to be, and van Gaal's side lost 2-1, the sole excitement coming from Rooney's moment of brilliance.
There will be plenty more goals for the England striker, and plenty of wins under the 62-year-old Dutchman. But there is also plenty of work to be done, and this match showed that in all its unforgiving detail.
Two new centre-backs are required and a quality box-to-box midfielder is a necessity. But then everyone has been saying that for for quite a while now; the time has come for the club to act.