Despite reportedly handing in a transfer request after the end of last season, Wayne Rooney has been in fine form this term, and his partnership with Robin van Persie is proving fruitful once again.
A huge boost for Manchester United has also been the emergence of Adnan Januzaj, with the teenage winger offering creativity and guile that has been lacking on the flanks for the club in recent times. The 1-0 win over Arsenal before the international break has put the Reds right back in the title mix.
The transition from Sir Alex Ferguson to David Moyes was always going to take some time, and it's been a bumpy start for the former Everton boss. Losses to local rivals Liverpool and Manchester City didn't particularly endear himself to the Manchester United fans, whilst his early reluctance to use playmaker Shinji Kagawa frustrated fans.
Additionally the £27.5m signing of Marouane Fellaini has yet to even come close to justifying the price tag, which must be cause for concern.
Poor results at home against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton piled pressure on Moyes, whilst the team only scraped past Stoke City in a 3-2 win, having trailed twice. The summer transfer window was frustrating for Manchester United, as they were unable to land any of their top targets, and it shows, with the team requiring a handful of players in the New Year.
New CEO Ed Woodward is already under pressure after a failed summer, and needs to come good in January.
Season grade so far - B
Despite some troubling results, Manchester United have bounced back and now sit just five points behind leaders Arsenal. Moyes still has his doubters, but recent results show signs of a recovery. But United's tough few games against Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle need to be turned into wins to prove they aren't a soft touch without Ferguson.
The European campaign has also proved fruitful so far.
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