Manchester United's domestic form has been perpetually underwhelming and near on disastrous, particularly in 2014 as they were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round, exited the League Cup against an opponent they, on paper, should have beat while also suffering five Premier League defeats.
Traditionally ruthless at Old Trafford, their home form has been an aberration throughout the campaign having dropped 21 points from 15 matches and, with a Saturday lunch-time kick-off against Aston Villa fast approaching there is nervousness regarding yet another setback.
However, the club's form against Aston Villa produces five clear reasons for optimism, rather than pessimism.
1): The club have taken more points away from Villa than any other Premier League opposition - in the modern format of the division, United have accumulated a staggering 100 points.
2): United's defence is normally stringent against Villa, nullifying their attacks so effectively that they have failed to breach the Red Devil rearguard in four of the last five league encounters.
3): From their last 36 Premier League meetings, United have lost just once, drawn nine and won 26.
4): Villa's trips to Old Trafford fail to bear fruit… in 60 away matches the West Midlanders have lost 42 times and won on just three occasions.
5): United possess a forward who loves featuring against the Villans. Wayne Rooney has netted ten Premier League goals against them - his joint highest haul. He is also bang in-form against Aston Villa, scoring in four in his last five league games against them.