One point from two league games and a demoralising Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons was not how Louis Van Gaal envisaged his Manchester United Career would begin, leaving the Iron Tulip desperately in need of a victory to kick-start his reign.
As luck would have it, in to view come Burnley, who look set to be obliging opponents at Turf Moor.
The Old Trafford outfit are as short as 31/50 to leave with the points, with the hosts quoted at 17/4 and the draw at 11/4, and here are three reasons why that odds-on shout is the sensible play.
Burnley have won just three of their last 29 Premier League games.
The Clarets found the step up in class from the Championship too much in their maiden Premier League season in 2009/10, a year that ended in relegation, and their follow-up campaign in the top-flight has picked up where the previous one left off.
With two defeats from two this season, Sean Dyche’s men are prolonging a run of just three wins in their last 29 Premier League fixtures since a 2-0 win over Hull City in October 2009.
Burnley have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of those games.
Owen Coyle and Brian Laws presided over a defence that yielded 82 goals that season, the worst record in the division, and the Lancastrian’s leaky rearguard shows no signs of shoring up.
That shut-out against the Tigers was the north westerners’ last in the Premier League, having conceded four goals in their two games so far this term.
Angel Di Maria has assisted 11 goals in his last 11 league appearances.
Manchester United may be in a transitional period but their ability to attract the world’s best players remains undimmed and the introduction of the most expensive footballer in British history can help re-energise their season.
Angel Di Maria is set to make his Red Devils debut at Turf Moor following his £59.7m move from Real Madrid and he arrives at Old Trafford in great form.
Part of the Argentina squad that reached this summer’s World Cup final, the former Benfica star assisted 11 goals in his last 11 league games for Los Blancos to finish the La Liga season with 17 assists, four more than any other player.