The Norwich think tank
I don't usually wake up on a Sunday morning, open the curtains and look out to the scene of the crime - but when it comes to the friendly with Norwich residing at the Carrow Road hotel overlooking the pitch, you don't really have much choice!
The pre-season friendly argument certainly came into play once again after Norwich but what are you expectations of such a contest?
At this stage of the season, expecting players to be at full throttle and a perfect performance is asking a bit much amidst an environment of multiple substitutions, water breaks and younger players coming through ranks is unrealistic.
The overwhelming call from the United camp at Carrow Road was that fitness was the primary concern at this stage.
The friendly if anything underlined that United still lack strength in depth and with Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and James Perch the only available senior defenders going into the weekends game against PSV, the case for the defence raised its ugly head again in the afternath of Norwich.
There's plenty of options in midfield, but at the back and in attack there remains gaps that may well need to be filled before the season gets under way for real.
With Steven Taylor struggling to make the big kick off, perhaps the best result of the day at Norwich was the fact that Hughton had no fresh injury problems.