The start of Louis van Gaal's tenure at Manchester United appeared to look promising.
Following a successful pre-season program that saw the Old Trafford outfit return home from a Stateside trip with the International Champions Cup, an aggressive recruitment drive secured the signatures of a plethora of top-level talent including Ander Herrera, Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and the leasing of Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco for a one-year period.
Football, though, is a results-based business - and thus far, van Gaal's have not been a success.
United were humbled by League One opposition MK Dons in the League Cup as the underdogs gobbled United up and spat them out, as van Gaal witnessed a humiliating 4-0, second round loss from the sidelines.
In Premier League competition, results have been just as abject, with just one win offset by two draws and two losses.
The start of van Gaal's career has been "even more dramatic" than his predecessor David Moyes, write renowned Dutch publication Voetbal International.
"The pressure was already high after a disappointing season under David Moyes, but with the dramatic 5-3 defeat against Leicester City it only increased," the report added.
Voetball International (VI) then reference two headlines from the British press, with the Telegraph claiming United have never before been seen to be so vulnerable and The Sun stating that £200 million has been spent yet van Gaal is now worse than Moyes.
VI then listed a number of ways in which van Gaal has continued to oversee a decline in United's standards.
"Manchester United are experiencing the worst start in the Premier League under van Gaal's leadership with just five points from five matches. Before this season, the worst start was in the 2004/05 campaign (six points from five matches)."
VI added that only in one season before has there been more goals conceded, with the ten concessions in 2001-02 a worse haul than this season's eight. David Moyes, VI point out, never lost by a four goal margin unlike van Gaal in the League Cup and van Gaal also oversaw the rupture of an 853-game long record where United had always gone on to win after building up a two-goal lead.
VI also stated: "Moyes had an average of 1.67 points claimed per game, yet currently Louis van Gaal's is lower - one point per game."
While United defeated Queens Park Rangers by four goals to nil, the club have lost to MK Dons, Swansea City and Leicester City, while drawing with Sunderland and Burnley.