With Liverpool looking like they might blow their chance to land a long-awaited title and a new mood at Old Trafford, the season has improved dramatically for United fans.
Let’s make no bones about it, the season has been a disaster and there is little point in dressing it up as anything else.
While the most optimistic United followers were realistic to conceded that retaining the trophy was always going to be difficult, the drop in level of performance was something alarming.
Dumped out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle and an embarrassing exit to Sunderland in the Carling Cup semi-final were bad blows for their manner of nothing else, while performances in the league have been at times abysmal.
Public utterances that United “weren’t a sacking club” were irrelevant once Moyes oversaw demoralising defeats against all their rivals. Alex Ferguson may have chosen his fellow Scot, but perhaps on reflection he was simply the best option available one Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola became non-runners.
Likely to end up seventh, performances in Europe were acceptable if not eye-catching. A blitzing of Leverkusen aside, it was more workman-like, with Bayern putting paid to fanciful notions that Europe could be the only avenue for silverware. The score line did little to reflect the reigning champion’s dominance over the two legs.
The lack of summer signings, discontent behind the scene, an inflated contract for Rooney and a downbeat manner with the press, never mind a style of play alien to United teams, only added to the frustration.