After Manchester United broke their transfer record on the £37.1m signing of Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, the future is suddenly looking much brighter for the Red Devils.
Doom and gloom has made way for quiet optimism, which was further enhanced after last night's 2-0 Premier League victory over Cardiff City.
But who are the players David Moyes will be look towards to drag the reigning Premier League champions back into the top four?
Of the current squad, these five are surely the best Manchester United players.
5. Adnan Januzaj
Manchester United's current boy wonder – and surely the Premier League's most talented teenager - Adnan Januzaj has been a revelation this season.
The Belgium-born winger is still only 18 years old but hasn't once looked overawed this season, and appears to have every attribute required to become a world-class footballer.
No wonder PSG bid for his services earlier this month.
4. David de Gea
Named in the PFA Team of the Year last season, it's fair to say that David de Gea is one of the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League right now – and quite possibly the best.
The Spaniard has shown tremendous character to get to where is he today after a difficult start to life at Old Trafford.
United are now reaping the rewards for sticking by him.
3. Robin van Persie
Manchester United perform better and win more with Robin van Persie in the team.
The Netherlands international might be on the wrong side of 30, but he remains one of Europe's best strikers.
Providing he stays fit between now and May, United have a real chance of securing a top-four finish.
2. Juan Mata
The most expensive player in Manchester United's history, £37.1m Juan Mata will make a huge impact over the coming weeks and months.
The Spain international is a class act who has already given everyone at Old Trafford a big lift.
1. Wayne Rooney
But the best player in Manchester United's squad is surely Wayne Rooney.
The England international is the Red Devils' all-action hero, capable of leading the line, playing in the hole, out wide or even deeper in midfield.
He can shoot with power or finesse, spray Paul Scholes-esque passes across the pitch and leads by example.
Rooney putting pen-to-paper on a contract extension can't come soon enough for United fans.
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