There's so much doom and gloom around Old Trafford that we came up with this list just to cheer up David Moyes. Sometimes coming after a great can go rather well...
Think AVB 'cracked' on Sunday? Read these tales of punching fans, 52 swear words, 15 uses of the c-word, 'The S**t Hits The Fan' and "youse are all f**king idiots"...
10) Alex Tettey (Norwich)
Alex Tettey did not do an awful lot wrong last season but he might have suspected that the writing was on the wall when he played a bit-part role from the bench as the Canaries beat Reading, West Brom and Manchester City in the final few weeks of the season. At that juncture he was losing out to Jonathan Howson. Fast-forward through the summer and he's now competing with Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer. Grant Holt saw Ricky van Wolfswinkel pulling up in the carpark and buggered off to Wigan; How long before Tettey finds hinmself equally surplus to requirements with the excellent Fer joining Bradley Johnson, Howson and the forgotten Jacob Butterfield in fighting for midfield berths?
9) Jos Hooiveld (Southampton)
Let's face it, the Dutchman simply isn't good enough for the Premier League. For evidence, see just about every game he has played in the Premier League and a final table that documents the Saints' survival despite shipping the same number of goals as rock-bottom QPR. Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has certainly acted with haste just about as soon as he was able, spending a massive £8.5m on Croatian centre-half Dejan Lovren. Hooiveld can expect to find himself watching from the bench next season alongside Jack Cork, who may find himself unfortunately cast in the role of midfield fall guy after Pochettino spent £12.5m on Victor Wanyama this summer. Thanks for the promotion memories, boys.
8) James McClean (Sunderland)
"I've never wanted to make headlines other than football. That's just the way life is. Hopefully I can make the headlines for all the right reasons, for my football," said James McClean in June, apparently unaware that he is in control of his own actions. McClean hired his own personal trainer this summer in an attempt to prove to Paolo Di Canio that he is more serious about football than Twitter or politics, and yet his name is still mentioned alongside those of David Vaughan, Craig Gardner, Connor Wickham and Carlos Cuellar as possible departees as the Italian buys a whole new starting XI. Personal trainer or no personal trainer, McClean is simply no Emanuele Giaccherini. Expect a Championship loan in January.
7) Nikica Jelavic (Everton)
The Croatian striker looked like a broken man towards the end of last season as he netted just one goal in 22 Premier League appearances. Devoid of confidence, Jelavic was emulating the similarly broken Fernando Torres - hiding out wide in an attempt to avoid missing yet another gilt-edged chance. After nine goals in 13 matches in the final months of 2011/12, he ended last season with a woeful seven goals in 37 Premier League games as Everton fans once again rued their lack of a prolific striker leaving them with a lack of Champions League place. Arouna Kone may not be many Everton fans' idea of a first-choice Everton striker but on the evidence of last season at Wigan, he's a better, more confident option than the possibly Hamburg-bound Jelavic.
6) Samir Nasri (Manchester City)
"I feel good at the moment. I'm feeling more relaxed, but the last few months were very trying for me. Emotionally, I went through several moments of doubt and reassessment. Some of the criticism I got hurt me, and lots of bad things were said," said the Frenchman this week. He feels good now? Has he not spotted that City have spent quite considerable money on Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic, both of whom are likely to be competing with Nasri (as well as David Silva, James Milner and, erm, Scott Sinclair) for one of the three spots behind a central striker? Despite the suggestion that he was pushed out by an unconvinced Roberto Mancini last season, Nasri still started 22 Premier League games. We would be very surprised if he matches that total under Manuel Pellegrini.
5) Stewart Downing (Liverpool)
"I'm here to stay," said Stewart Downing this week, prompting many a wag to hope that he was talking about Indonesia rather than Liverpool Football Club. The former England man (though he still "hopes" to reach the World Cup. Bless.) started Liverpool's last friendly as part of a front three with Philippe Coutingo and Iago Aspas, but it's difficult to imagine Downing retaining that place with both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge still to return. Last summer Downing's Liverpool career looked similarly doomed but the burn-out of Raheem Sterling offered him a lifeline Brendan Rodgers was clearly reluctant to proffer. Will he get that chance again? With Aspas signed and another attacking midfielder promised by the famously trustworthy Rodgers, that looks highly unlikely. We would be astonished if Liverpool don't end up paying him £30,000 a week to play for West Ham.
4) Scott Parker (Tottenham)
Talking of players destined to end up at West Ham...there is pretty much no chance of Scott Parker getting near the Tottenham first-choice XI after the signing of the all-action beast that is Paulinho. He will join Sandro and Mousa Dembele in an uber-energetic midfield trio that will render Parker's 17-point turns a thing of the past. No longer will a Spurs player run slowly up to another Spurs player to deliver the ball personally at his feet. While Jermain Defoe still has his fingers crossed that Tottenham simply forget to buy a striker, Parker has had no such reprieve but will presumably spend his final footballing years huffing and puffing around the Upton Park pitch. It seems apt.
3) Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)
If you end the season as your club's top Premier League scorer despite starting just 16 matches, you should probably expect your future to be secure. But not if your name is Edin Dzeko, who has been given the apparently unshiftable status of unwanted flop at City despite a more-than-decent record of 30 goals in 76 games. Carlos Tevez has gone but Dzeko has moved no further up the pecking order with Alvaro Negredo brought in to battle with Sergio Aguero for the lone frontman place for which Jovetic will also challenge when he's not busy making Nasri sad again. If Arsenal ultimately fail with moves for Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney, they could do a whole lot worse than ask City how much they want for their prolific fourth-choice striker.
2) Gareth Barry (Manchester City)
Arsenal fans may have thrown their arms in the air in disgust when they were strongly linked with a move for Gareth Barry last month (images of England v Germany running through their heads) but you will not find many City fans who have not appreciated the sterling efforts of Barry over the last four years. At £12m, he has been a veritable bargain, consistently playing over 40 games a season and doing a steady job at the base of City's midfield as more dynamic players like Yaya Toure, David Silva and Aguero provide the sexy stuff. But now City have signed the slightly younger and considerably quicker Fernandinho for £30m and Barry is facing a future as a City squad player at best. Arsenal fans should not be so sniffy if gossip becomes reality and Barry signs.
1) Pepe Reina (Liverpool)
Being on the verge of being sent out on loan by your club for economic reasons probably would not be so painful if they had not just signed a similarly talented goalkeeper for an eye-watering £10m. The message could not be clearer to Pepe Reina: Your face no longer fits. Reina's stock has clearly fallen over the last two-three years - indeed, you could argue that he's not been the same player since Rafa Benitez left - but comments from Rodgers that Reina is a "good guy" who "understands what I want to do totally" must make uncomfortable reading for a player who has always been unstinting in his loyalty to Liverpool. Does he understand? Maybe, but we're not sure we would.