It is fair to say that Manchester United are at one of their lower points in two decades.
The club has been used to winning trophies and have for long been a formidable force in English football.
However, in recent seasons, they have stuttured and fallen below their usual level.
Not that they have not won a thing; The level of performances on the pitch have dropped.
Culminating in last season's loss to Manchester City in the Premier League where they lost a huge lead, which was very much unlike United.
Together with their performance in the UEFA Champions League.
Keeps them competitive
Over the years, the thing that has made the club tick is none other than manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
He, like Arsene Wenger at Arsenal is an excellent leader and probably the best English football will ever see.
Experienced, Confident and with an eye for spotting the best talent, he has single handedly given United their powerful stance in English football.
He has been the glue in hard times, the cement when needed and the boss when a must.
Without him, United would be a shambles.
THe club though is now in a new era, where it is not about Alex's brilliance, but the money factor.
Chelsea, City and now French club PSG have come in with the money that United do not have and are competing big time.
For a long time, United were the money bags, but with new owners the Glazer family and a huge loan to finance, the club does't have the mulla to flash anymore.
The turning point was the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid a major rival in many ways.
You could say that Ronaldo would have eventually left, but in my opinion, that was a major statement as regards the ambition of the club, by selling their best player.
Rooney wanted out
When Wayne Rooney also threatened to leave the club, it was a shock to the system for everyone, the once invinsible United were no longer invinsible in any way.
This summer, it has not changed. United just can't convince the best players to play for them.
Already, even though the club has offered to make a major finincial investement, they have been beaten to players by what you can call lesser clubs.
Eden Hazard dumped them for Chelsea and now having been in the driving seat for Brazilian youngster Lucas Moura, they have been usurped by PSG.
Which according to what I hear, has left Sir Alex in disbeleif.
Not all gloom
So far, the transfer window has been slow for the club and with others strengthening, it looks like United will have a job on their hands to compete in England, let alone Europe.
But as usual, they can rely on Sir Alex to play his cards right.
As Arsenal have shown in the face of similar problems, you can survive, if you play your cards right and there is none better at that than Sir Alex.
Question is though, how long will they keep it going? Will they go the trophyless Arsenal way or they will dig deep?
Let's wait and see..