Louis Van Gaal has struggled to change the fortunes of Manchester United since he took over as manager, and the club have yet to win a match in three attempts this season.
Tuesday's shocking 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup was nothing short of an embarrassment, although good news was delivered prior to kick-off.
Angel Di Maria was confirmed as a Manchester United player following a British record £59.7 million switch from Real Madrid, in a move that will at least give fans something to cheer about.
The exciting Argentine's talent cannot be questioned, though he will need to adjust to the Premier League quickly if he is to make enough of an impact in the final third.
However, the arrival of Di Maria may cause more problems for Van Gaal than it will solve, as the club would have been better off investing the enormous amount spent into central midfield or defence.
Di Maria will need to be played regularly, and Van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation will surely have to be changed to accommodate the former Madrid star, while at least one of the aforementioned attackers will struggle for game time as a result.
He can play behind the front two, but Mata would be dropped if that was the case and the Spaniard needs to be a part of the side too considering he joined for almost £40 million less than a year ago.
The Red Devils haven't started the season well, but the attacking players are not to blame. They are defensively weak and lack any real quality in the centre of midfield.
These are the areas that need to be addressed imminently if the club are to enjoy better fortunes in the near future.
The arrival of Di Maria is clearly not a bad signing, but for the money the club have splashed out on the Argentine, they could have solved problems that require more immediate attention.
The 26-year-old will need to hit the ground running at United, though his addition does not guarantee a quick turnaround and unless the backline is significantly improved, Van Gaal's side will continue to struggle.
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