However, Louis van Gaal has come in and as he toasted the press for Christmas at his press conference yesterday, he would have been quietly confident about the club’s position heading into 2015.
In fact he seems so content with United's situation heading into the festive period that there are reports he’s given his players tomorrow off to spend with their families.
Here are some New Year resolutions the boss may be considering.
We must get back into the Champions League
United showed last summer that they can attract top players without the Champions League, but it’s crucial to the side financially. If the team misses out on another season in Europe, sponsors and advertising partners will more than likely request restructuring and reviews of current contracts.
We must balance the finances
United spent big, big money in 2014 and have two players on £300,000 per week and over. It doesn’t strike for a very sustainable financial situation and it’s something the club needs to stay on top of throughout 2015.
We must keep using the youngsters
Stan Collymore described United as a beacon for other clubs to follow earlier this week for the way van Gaal is giving younger players a chance. Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and James Wilson all need to be given more chances, along with more younger players coming up through the ranks.
Can we win something?
If van Gaal could put some silverware in the trophy cabinet it would be remarkable. United have just two possibilities; the Premier League title and the FA Cup. The former would be preferred, but the FA Cup is still an important competition to try and win.