As a Manchester United fan, there wasn’t a huge amount to get excited about for most of last season; the football was drab and the results were not much better.
But amid all of the upheaval and change at Old Trafford this summer, and with the giddy excitement of what joys the coming campaign may bring, it’s easy to forget that there were a handful of truly glorious moments last season, so lets take a look at them.
Man Utd 3 - 2 Arsenal - 28 February 2016 - Marcus Rashford’s Premier League debut
Marcus Rashford had burst onto the scene in the 5-1 victory over FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on the Thursday before Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford.
His brace against the Danish side made for an exciting debut for the teenager, but the level of opposition meant that you couldn’t read too much into his performance.
Put by repeating the feat against Arsenal in a 3-2 win, displaying a confidence and maturity beyond his years, Rashford had arrived on the biggest stage, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Man City 0 - 1 Man Utd - 20 March 2016 - Getting one over on the old enemy
Beating Manchester City never gets old, but it is especially satisfying since their emergence as title contenders over the last few years.
And last season in particular, with United’s indifferent form and unconvincing style, a victory at the Etihad seemed unlikely.
But again Rashford was the star, as the 18-year-old up-start blitzed past Martin Demichelis before confidently finishing to score the game’s only goal.
Man Utd 3 - 1 Liverpool - 12 September 2013 - Tony Martial came from France...
Anthony Martial was largely unknown to most United fans when he signed from Monaco for £36 million on dealine day in September 2013.
The 19-year-old forward couldn’t have picked a better way to introduce himself to the Old Trafford faithful, though.
Coming off the bench as a late substitute against Liverpool, Martial picked the ball up wide on the left and set off on a slaloming run through the the scousers’ defence, before nonchalantly slotting the ball past Simon Mignolet to seal a 3-1 win for United.
Everton 1 - 2 Man Utd - FA Cup Semi-Final, 23 April 2016 - Fifty million down the drain...
After an impressive first-half display in which Marouane Fellaini scored against his old club, United lost the initiative in the second period as Everton’s confidence grew. The Toffees equalised thanks to a Chris Smalling own goal and the game seemed destined for extra-time.
But Anthony Martial had other plans. Picking the ball up wide on the left — just as he had in his debut — the Frenchman started to move inside. After exchanging a one-two with Ander Herrera, Martial found himself clean through on goal. Underterred by the gravity of the situation, the former Monaco man made no mistake with his finish.
In the third minute of stoppage-time the superstar youngster had fired United into the FA Cup final. Martial sprinted over to the Reds’ supporters behind the goal to celebrate with the masses.
Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Man Utd (aet) - FA Cup final, 21 May 2016 - Number 12
It wasn’t a classic final by any stretch of the imagination, and it was largely another dull display from United.
Jason Puncheon gave Crystal Palace the lead, gifting the world with the sight of Alan Pardew salsa dancing on the touchline -- an image burned into the retinas of all who witnessed it.
But with nine minutes to play, Juan Mata smashed in a Fellaini knockdown to send the game to extra-time.
When Smalling was sent off for a second yellow card at the end of the first extra period, United fans began to fear the worst.
But their fears were allayed by Jesse Lingard, as the local lad made his dream a reality by firing home the sweetest of volleys to secure a record-equalling twelfth FA Cup for the side he supported as a boy.