Manchester United take on Chelsea on Sunday in Louis van Gaal’s toughest test since taking over at Old Trafford in the summer.
But United can still beat Jose Mourinho’s side and here are three reasons why:
While United’s league form continues to be hit-and-miss, at home they are beginning to take on the air they once had in abundance.
Three wins on the bounce at Old Trafford – against Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United and Everton – have included some of the best attacking football by this side for quite some time, and Chelsea will not relish their visit.
While Wayne Rooney sits out the last of his three-match suspension, United can still call upon some of the very best goal-scorers in the game. Radamel Falcao is likely to be restored to the starting line-up for this match and he would love to make his mark on such a big encounter.
Robin van Persie will know he must up his game, especially with Rooney soon to return, and what better time to do that than against the runaway league leaders?
And then there is Angel Di Maria, who is proving to be worth every penny United paid for him. The Argentine could easily make the difference on Sunday.
Van Gaal v Mourinho
Van Gall knows all about Mourinho and while there is clearly a mutual respect between the two, the Dutchman will want to be the victor in the first big challenge of his United career.
There is no way the former Netherlands coach will want to lose exactly the kind of match he was hired to inspire success in, and he will quietly know this game could be about far more than three points.
If United do win on Sunday, it will prove they can still compete with the best and possibly even challenge for the title this season. That is something that could not be said under his predecessor David Moyes.