It's reductive to talk in terms of 'Moyes/Gaal/Jose fucked it up'. There's plenty about Jose to be uneasy about, particularly in terms of fit with the club. But it's not exactly a disaster. In fact, there's very little about us that could be termed a disaster and it's not a case of one big thing being wrong. But there are too many thing, just broken enough, for us to be a long way from where we need to be.
The structure at the top isn't right. We lack a footballing vision and the leadership to implement it. Our problem starts there, and needs to be addressed there, first and foremost.
Our recruitment policy is poor. We're signing the wrong players, we're overpaying - which in itself isn't a worry because we're shitting money, but it means we can't perform the sort of bold, aggressive major surgery needed.
We have far too many players that either aren't quite good enough yet, or never will be. Far, far too many show glimpses that make you think they could be players, but then tank. Shaw, Martial, Rashford, Lingard, Miki, Mata. Herrera is ok, but nothing more and excels at nothing. Blind, Darmian are just squaddies. Young has had a good season but is hardly top drawer and certainly not one for the future. Lukaku has qualities but again, isn't the right fit for a club wanting to be the best. Zlatan's fucked. Lindelof doesn't look a player at all. Fellaini? Fuck me.
Our play is disjointed, too slow and completely at odds with how top teams play. Even one of our few players with real quality - Pogba - has a playing style that's generally languid and too slow.
You look at our side and probably think it needs to be built around De Gea, Bailly and Pogba. Matic and Valencia can certainly be staples within it for a couple of years. Martial and Rashford have raw talent and age on their side. Lingard is probably worth keeping as a squaddie. But that's it. Everything else is up for grabs for me.
Too much needs fixing. But we need to look past that, see the root of the problem and fix it at the top. Get the vision and means of landing it right, then accept it'll take money, hard work and ambition to get it right. And recruit a coach who can buy into and implement our vision.