United sealed their progress to the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win at Upton Park.
Manchester United are en route to ending what has been a disappointing campaign on a high.
Having already departed the Champions League at the group stage, an immediate return to the competition looks to be out of reach with rivals City opening up a four-point lead on fifth-place United.
But in the FA Cup, the Red Devils have a shot at their first silverware in three years after disposing of West Ham United in Wednesday night's quarter-final replay.
With a side comprising more teenagers than a One Direction gig, winning the world's oldest cup competition could be the ideal foundation upon which to build future successes.
A trip to Wembley now beckons, with Everton their opponents in nine days' time. And for the likes of Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, it will be their first taste of England's national stadium at senior level at least.
But even for the more experienced members of the side the excitement was palpable...
Rashford opened the scoring for United with a superb individual effort, before Marouane Fellaini's header doubled their advantage and James Tomkins struck a late consolation for the Hammers.