Throughout their pre-season campaign, United did not lose a game, but as unpredictable as the game of football is, Dutch maestro, Van Gaal just seemed not to find that right spirit for the first game of the season.
The thoughts and predictions of former Man Utd midfielder, Paul Scholes may just be coming true, rather too soon, considering the calibre of players Man Utd flagged itself with before the start of the season.
United losing at home to a lesser side, Swansea, is a bitter pill reminder of what the club went through in the hands of David Moyes last season.
Saturday’s result have so much to tell for Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal who has more to do than just win and win convincingly to justify the money handed to him for transfer.
Swansea led 0-1 at the end of first half through Sung-Yeung Ki, and into the second 45, Man U seemed to be grappling with the reality that they had to score goals.
Wayne Rooney stepped up to the occasion as skipper of the team by netting one in to level the Red Devils in 53rd minute, however, that was not to be the end as Swansea struck again, this time in the 72nd minute through Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The wins makes it back-to-back for Swansea, who shocked the same Red Devils in an FA Cup January match.
Scholes had suggested that the coach buys more players, especially in the midfield if they wanted to be considered as top contender for the league.
Maybe, just maybe, Van Gaal needs to revisit this suggestion and do just that.
Last season, the theatre of dreams was a theatre of nightmares, is it happening again?