With competent management, United will rise again to being a profitable company that delivers a good product at (hopefully) reasonable prices. United has amazing resources--hubs at great O & D airports with international traffic, new 777s and Airbus 319 and 320's, and a very well-managed high quality regional affiliate in ACA (though the others are good too--no TSA at United).
One development that will be IMO crucial to UA's future success is the approval of Daley's plan to reconfigure O'Hare. The current snowflake runway pattern is very inefficient; if Daley's proposed identical-to-efficiency-leader-DFW plan is approved, O'Hare could surge past Atlanta again.
If Goodwin has *any* brains, and that is a debatable assertion, he ought to work day and night to help Daley get that approved. That means he should play political hardball by threatening the NIMBY state gov't with taking thousands of jobs away from O'Hare and moving more traffic to Denver if O'Hare isn't reconfigured. UA has to think of itself, and play hardball to get this vital resource positioned for continued world leadership.
Need a new airline paint scheme? Better call Saul! (Bass that is)