There’s no escaping the fact that it’s been a difficult time since Sir Alex Ferguson left his role in 2013 as manager, and that’s putting it mildly.
Few would have expected it to take seven years to get themselves back to a place where they finally seem to be on the right track.
While short term success is absolutely paramount, United are putting a real focus on building for the future.
Bright young players are being introduced to the first team on a regular basis, and that’s the way to ensure that the club continues to evolve.
Of course the other way is to pinch the best players off their rivals, and there’s no one that they’d rather beat to the punch than Manchester City.
Reports in The Sun have claimed that United are plotting a move to lure Charlie McNeil away from the Etihad Stadium.
The 17-year-old is quite a prospect after scoring over 600 goals in his youth career for City to date.
But after seeing his potential the Manchester Evening News has reportedthat United have agreed a deal to sign the player that could rise to £1.35million.
A boyhood Man United fan, McNeil has also attracted the interest of sides such as Rangers, RB Leipzig and Juventus.
This is due to him rejecting the offer of a contract at City due to the huge level of competition for places under Pep Guardiola.
But that shouldn’t detract from just how big a talent the player is.
A video on YouTube showcases almost five minutes’ worth of the youngster’s highlights from his career to date, and United are certainly getting a proper player.