Jose Mourinho’s long-anticipated arrival at Old Trafford finally looks to be here, but he is set to take over a team still in considerable flux after two unconvincing years of Louis van Gaal’s stewardship.
Here’s five of the most pressing issues.
1. CHARM DE GEA
It is hard to over-estimate the importance of goalkeeper David de Gea to United’s short-term prospects.
He is not only the club’s best player – and possibly their only world-class one – but also a beacon to potential future signings. Holding on to him may be tough without Champions League football, but would be the best piece of business United could do this summer.
Mourinho can command fierce commitment among those he values most, though, and if he can make De Gea believe in his cult of personality it could be the trump card the Red Devils need.