Despite some early woes and a heap of doubt at the club Manchester United are now looking like they are back on track. Plenty of money and good leadership have helped steady the ship at Old Trafford - and Louis van Gaal's men are now sitting in fourth in the Premier League.
Of course improvements still have to be made. The defence is a cause for concern still but their recent performances against West Ham and Everton have shown a marked improvement from such woeful displays as the game against Leicester City.
For United, after finishing seventh last term, just to make it into the top four would be a real coup.
Champions League football is a must for the club if they are to continue to sit at the very top of the football podium and if they continue to improve it is certainly a real possibility.
They next month or so throws up some real challenges for United, and one man who believes it could be pivotal to their success is Manchester United legend Gary Neville.
The right-back, who is now a Sky Sports pundit and part of the England national team set-up, has spoken to Manchester United's official website about the upcoming weeks for United, stating his belief that the next few games will demonstrate whether United can stay in the top four:
"I think it's an exciting time. It's going to be an important few weeks but exciting as well. We'll find out in the next few weeks as the West Brom, Chelsea and City games are all massive ones that I'm going to be at and my thought is we'll find out exactly [the level] where the team is at this season.
"It's going to be tough for United to get into the Champions League and that would be a big achievement. At this moment in time, we're in the places in fourth spot but we'll find out where we're at in the next few weeks. We've not really played anybody really strong yet. I know Everton at home could be classed as being a tough game but, in terms of really tough matches, Chelsea and City will provide a real measure of where this team is at."
Time will tell if United can live up to expectations and finish in the top four this season.