That summer saw United signing Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant in one of the most laughable transfer windows in recent times - especially so with a year of hindsight.
"You see some players go straight into the dressing room after games and go straight onto social media", he added.
"Okay the second season, was a bit more hard, but he tried and did his best to help the team".
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United celebrates with team mates Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku after scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Manchester United and BSC Young Boys at Old Trafford on November 27, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. He wanted to build his team and after two and a half years they chose to sack him because the results were not there. That's the problem with the coach and the direction, they have to find a solution together.
Where Mourinho focused on signing ready-made players, the Solskjaer regime seems committed to regenerating their squad with a younger profile of the player. Perhaps, Sir Alex Ferguson's exit caused more upheaval than anticipated - but that decline was a juggernaut surely everyone saw coming. "If the manager doesn't do well for four or five games, they want to sack him".
"Of course you can't play with just young players, you need a mix".
Dalot is rough around the edges and his decision making often lets him down, but you suspect that there is, somewhere, a player in there.
"I don't know what they will do with Solskjaer but, for me, to win things and to improve, you need time".
On what it means to play for Man United, he added: "I do understand it. With that, I can try to get better". It was the time for me to leave Europe, I wanted a new challenge and I'm very happy with that so I don't regret it at all.
"He [Solskjaer] didn't have a conversation with me if I will play or not". I like to read about its history, best players and historical moments. Up next for United after the worldwide break is the visit of Liverpool to Old Trafford, with the Reds still flawless in the Premier League and chasing a history-equalling win. They had a team and a strong base. I know I didn't have a great season.
Whilst Maguire had just come back off his incredible World Cup for England he still would have been cheaper than the £80 million the former Leicester City centre back ended up costing the Old Trafford a year later.