Since Alex Ferguson retired after the 2013 title win, the Red Devils have not finished in the top three but some serious investment in new players gives manager Jose Mourinho, starting his second season at the club, the sense that things are coming together.
Mourinho has won the domestic league title at the end of his second year in each of his five major management jobs.
However, the club did win the Europa League and the League Cup, giving the manager a platform of success on which to build.
Mourinho knows they were over-reliant on the injured striker's goals and wants more support for this season's main man, Romelu Lukaku.
"I understand the reality of the market, of the numbers, and I also understand that my club, by doing 75 per cent of what I initially asked for, I think the club did very well".
"I trust he is going to perform, so I think he is a fantastic signing". "I think clearly the club want him, the manager wants him and he wants the club".
"In my initial analysis from January and through the months I was thinking of four players but I'm not a hard person to work with in spite of if you make it look different", said Mourinho, ahead of United's Premier League opener against West Ham, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday.
"So we are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him to stay with us for the second part of the season". "I have better conditions to deliver a better season than my first one". Better squads are better equipped to win the title.
Mourinho is now preparing his team for their Premier League opener against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon as they look to kick off their season with a victory.
AC Milan and LA Galaxy are among the clubs reportedly interested in signing the veteran, but Mourinho is keen to add the striker to his forward options when he is fit again, although there is no rush to confirm a deal.
United will be without Luke Shaw as they defender continues to recover from a foot injury while Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo are also long-term absentees.
It was a disappointing first season in the league for Jose Mourinho as United finished sixth a year ago but they did win the Europa League to book their place in the Champions League.
"We need to improve because we ended up a distance away from the top". It is going to be the same for everybody. "But the top seven, we are going to be in the four competitions and so there is no advantage for any one of us".