Manchester United may not be setting things alight this season but Louis van Gaal's men are at least getting the job done. Whilst a defeat to MK Dons in the League Cup was embarrassing most of the United players who featured in that game are now gone.
They do however currently sit third in the Premier League and are still in the FA Cup, where they take on Preston North End at Deepdale on Monday.
It is a game they will be expected to win but after being forced to a replay by Cambridge United and watching Chelsea and Manchester City being dumped out of the competition by lower league opposition, they will not be taking the game lightly.
Of course the Preston manager also has a little bit of gamesmanship to play ahead of this tie, he has knocked United out of the cup before.
Simon Grayson was the manager of the then League One Leeds and it was Jermaine Beckford, himself a Preston player these days, who bagged the winning goal just 19 minutes into a historic 1-0 win at Old Trafford. So he is no doubt hoping history will repeat itself. Accept this time, he even has the added advantage of being at home.
It is a fact not lost on the Preston boss, who said to the Lancashire Evening Post this week:
“That was away from home, this is slightly different!
“This is a different team, a different club, a different time.
“What I will do is say the same thing as the players leave the dressing room – enjoy it and have no regrets.”
That team talk certainly seemed to do the trick five years ago, Preston fans will be hoping he can muster some of that Leeds spirit once again to send United tumbling out of the cup.