The lengthy Manchester United decrease of the last 9 years

with its false dawns, its sackings, its much-heralded reboots,

The declarations of positive outlook that accompany them, can be a difficult story sometimes but at specific factors one exists with a quality that is difficult to ignore.

Thirty-five mins right into the second game of the power of Erik 10 Hag and the man whose task it is to bring back the most troubled institution in elite English football was four goals behind - to Brentford.

He had, lest it be overlooked, already lost his first match, to Brighton, and there were a range of various other problems with the summer also various to point out.

He shaded his eyes in the strong sunlight of the late night as if he was attempting to discern something available.

Was it a United group, playing in the shirts of unknown green?