A full season without silverware is a very rare thing for Manchester United in the modern era but they are guaranteed to be challenging for trophies come the business end of the next campaign.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson came as close as you could get to winning the Premier League title this month and when the final whistle went after recording their win over Sunderland, the celebrations must have been starting in the minds of players and fans alike.
However, in one of the most dramatic ends to a season, Manchester City defied live football odds and scored two goals in injury time to snatch the crown from United and claim the title as champions of England.
As soon as the final whistle was blown at the Etihad Stadium and the disappointment of failure dawned on the United boss, Ferguson will have already started preparations for bringing the title back to Old Trafford next term.
To say United got as close as they did to winning the Premier League this time around was a feat in itself, considering the long-term injuries sustained to regular first-team players like Nemanja Vidic, Anderson and Darren Fletcher.
The strength in depth, which has been a key figure in United’s success in recent years, was also lacking and there will certainly be additions to the squad this summer.
With the likes of midfielders Eden Hazard and Wesley Sneijder being linked with a move to Old Trafford, expect to see a United at the forefront of most Premier League betting markets next season, as they look to use their disappointment from last term to spur them on to success in the 2012/2013 campaign.