Manchester United have been quietly becoming a more familiar force in recent weeks with Louis van Gaal’s side sitting comfortably in fourth in the Premier League table following a 3-0 win over Hull City on Saturday.
Champions League qualification is the minimum expected of United this season with van Gaal having spent close to £150 million in the summer in the hope of banishing the memories of the David Moyes era.
And the signs suggest things are slowly coming together with the 1-2 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium representing the biggest message sent out so far this season.
Performances at home to Chelsea and away to Manchester City were encouraging but with just one point from a possible six against the top two, you feel the best United can hope for this season is a third-placed finish.
Despite spending heavily in the summer, van Gaal still needs to trim his squad in January – especially when you consdier Brazilian midfielder Anderson is still on the books.
Signed from Porto for £19 million in the summer of 2007, Anderson has been picking up a big pay packet each week ever since in return for doing very little.
But if you think he’s bad, look at the five Manchester United signings we have identified from down the years as being even worse!