The team struggles to adjust, flames out of the Champions League early and struggles to finish in the top four after a shaky start.
The buzz may have gone but the biggest question before the coming season remains whether two of the highest-profile managers in the world can deliver on all the hype surrounding them. "I'm happy with the effort the club did and I'm happy they managed to do 75 percent of the work before the Premier League starts".
However, Mourinho has lost a number of key players to long-term injury, including defenders Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw, and wing-back Ashley Young. "I would say seven teams fight for the title and 20 to fight for victory every match. But to have a better position in table we need to win more".
He said: "It's not because I have always done it that I am going to do it". Mourinho returned to England, again with Chelsea, and took 12 months to bring together his title winning team, going to on to win the 2015 Premier League in his second season back at Stamford Bridge.
Pogba had a great season past year and his lack of goals and assists shouldn't distract people from his overall play; I expect him to easily double his goal-and-assist tally. A good season for me?
"If I was a Premier League manager and had to choose between Lukaku, [Alvaro] Morata and [Alexandre] Lacazette, I would choose Lukaku, always".
But despite that poor result, United's place in the Champions League was assured for the first time in three seasons after Jose Mourinho's men claimed their first ever Europa League. "Old Trafford is waiting for us and I think Old Trafford has a reason to be behind us", he said.
"This time, we are all in the same basket".
The lack of goals contributed to 10 league draws at Old Trafford that cost the club any chance of challenging Chelsea for the title.
No one doubted that English clubs would break their own £1.2 billion transfer-spending record this summer; all that was disputed was by how much and which players would go where.
United were reliant on Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 17 league goals - and 28 all told - before a cruciate knee ligament cut short his season in April. We got a central midfielder, a striker, obviously the 25 per cent would be for a player from the sides, but we have players. We also got a central midfielder and a striker.
"My initial analysis coming from January and progressively through the other months I was thinking about four players but I am not a hard person to work with - in spite of it looking different sometimes".
"We are Manchester United and we want to get back to being the big Manchester United".