After their narrow 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup last night, Manchester United are in a position to go on and win the competition at a canter.
David Moyes made eight changes from the side that were humiliated at the Etihad stadium on Sunday, bringing in the likes of Jonny Evans, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez in a bid to get back to winning ways.
And it was the latter who scored the all-important winner - some world class movement bought the 'Little Pea' some space as he lost Jose Enrique before evading Steven Gerrard to prod home from close range.
While United rode their luck at times - Victor Moses, Daniel Sturridge and the returning Luis Suarez looked a constant threat going forward - Moyes' men showed that, despite ringing the changes, they have a squad capable of competing on all fronts.
As well as beating a Liverpool side that were close to full strength, minor one or two injuries, the Red Devils displayed character that goes hand-in-hand with a title-winning mentality.
After their 4-1 humiliation in the Manchester derby, United were on the ropes and were facing the first real test under the management of Moyes. Could they bounce back from such a defeat?
While it was far from spectacular, United answered their critics with a clean sheet and a victory under the Old Trafford floodlights - and now they have nothing - and no-one - to fear in the Capital One Cup run-in.
A favourable home tie with Norwich City should see Moyes' side progress to the last eight and with significant strength in depth - a luxury many of United's rivals remain envious of - they are in pole position to progress to the latter stages.
In fact, there are few genuine threats standing in United's way en route to Wembley. With no disrespect intended, United should overcome Norwich. And only one of Arsenal and Chelsea can progress after the two London clubs were drawn together.
Meanwhile, Manchester City have a tough trip to Newcastle to contend with, though Tottenham could cause United a problem if they draw them later on in the competition - Andre Villas-Boas' men play host to Hull City in the last 16.
Yes, it would be wrong to assume that United lifting the Capital One Cup is a formality as cup football always has the ability to spring a surprise or two, but at present, it's incredibly difficult to look beyond United for victory.
Their strength-in-depth, their character and their ability to win when they're not at their best bodes well not only for their progression in this competition, but as they look to defend their Premier League crown.
Write United off at your peril - Moyes' men are genuine contenders.
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