Four wins on the trot, a semi-final, Champions League knockout stage, and some wholly winnable games on the horizon. What was all the Manchester United fuss about?
Obviously looking at things like that, it puts David Moyes’ first couple of months in charge in a very narrow perspective. We all know it hasn’t been easy for the Scottish manager taking over from his illustrious predecessor and fellow countryman Sir Alex Ferguson.
It will seem almost alien to United fans all around the world to be tucking into their Christmas Turkey, or equivalent, with their team potentially as far back in eighth place of the Premier League.
However, it’s not jumping to any premature conclusions to say that the Red Devils are on their way back.
Some will look at the poor form, at times, this season and the points difference between the Old Trafford outfit and the top position and will understandably write off any chances of the title remaining on the red side of Manchester.
Let’s not forget which side this is though.
If it were Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, or even Manchester City this far behind heading into the New Year then you would not feel overly confident in their chances.
But Manchester United are different; Ferguson installed a never-say-die attitude at the club and it was that attitude that frequently won them stoppage time goals or reduced points deficit’s in the league. That aura created added an element of fear amongst the opposition as well.
A lot has changed at United; Moyes bought with him his own staff but what still remains is the aura surrounding the Reds.
There has been talk recently that the fear element of the opposition coming to Old Trafford or facing United has gone. Rubbish. Obviously playing at that great stadium is something exciting, a team are going to up their levels, it just so happens that recently United have been a little more fragile than usual.
I bet if you were to ask a young player which Premier League fixture he would most like to play, it would be Manchester United at Old Trafford. The answer would most probably be the same if you were to ask which would be the toughest to get three points.
Now with that fragility ebbing away and confidence returning ahead of a potentially vital January transfer window, it makes for an interesting second half to the season. The title race, which is already scintillating, isn’t quite finished with Manchester United yet.
If any team were to come back from this, it would be Manchester United. Remember this is pretty much the same set of players that went 18 games unbeaten in the Premier League over a four-and-a-half month period last season. A similar run would place Moyes’ men near enough back on top; few would bet that they aren’t capable of it this time around either.
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