During that period, they won an average of 16 of their 19 home league fixtures.
That number has dropped to 11 over the past four seasons, including just eight in Louis van Gaal’s final campaign.
It would be highly improbable to have all three of those areas addressed in this January window with £80 million, especially after Liverpool paid £75 million for a 26-year-old central defender in Virgil van Dijk.
However, that transfer does show that there is value in getting ahead of the game before the competition really heats up in the summer.
Unlike in years past where there were three or four very good teams in the league, there are now six.