It is here at last. They spent more time in sixth than any other position, and finished there.
United drew 1-1 against West Ham last season at home and Jose Mourinho will be hoping to better that result this time around and start the season on high. In terms of the squad, this is my second transfer window. For much of last campaign, the Hammers found themselves stuck in a rut - in the shape of their 60,000 capacity Olympic Stadium and the problems that came with it.
Slaven Bilic had clearly set up his side to be compact and frustrate the home side, but Mourinho's men were in a rampant mood as they laid siege to the West Ham goal.
"The league is special because it is such a tough division to win", Carrick - the last remaining member of 2008 continental champions - said. "I was happy and it was a very positive performance".
With the exception of Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young who have all been carrying injuries since the back-end of last season, everyone is fit and ready to be involved on the opening day.
Andy Carroll (groin), Michail Antonio (hamstring), Manuel Lanzini (knee), and Cheikhou Kouyate (knee) are out of the Sunday clash.
West Ham will be looking to former United striker Javier Hernandez to bring a consistent goalscoring presence to their attack.
In centre-forward Lukaku, prised away from Everton for a reported initial fee of £75million, fans have a key reason to believe their team is capable of challenging for a first league title since 2012-13.
On the flip side, all of United's summer signings - Lindelof, Matic and Lukaku - are fit and in line to make their Premier League debut. The top seven, we are all in Europe.
Romelu Lukaku scored twice on debut and Paul Pogba capped an ominous team display with a late long-range goal as Manchester United beat West Ham 4-0 in their opening game of the Premier League season. "I can not tell you because sometimes I try to prepare a celebration but right now I'm not thinking about it". United headed to the US for the first leg of our pre-season tour, winning matches against the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake while also winning matches against Sampdoria and Valenrega. "After 2-0 we had a period of relaxation and they created a couple of situations in the box but again (we showed) good confidence levels and desire to play until the end", he said.