And it came to pass that in December 2016, Manchester United finally started to resemble the efficient machine that Sir Alex Ferguson bequeathed in May 2013. Three straight league wins have seen the club move to within four points of the elite positions ahead of the Boxing Day programme on Monday next week.
The belief seems to be back both on the pitch and in the stands. There's certainly plenty to look forward to in the new year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our readers!