A 1-0 win over Crystal Palace prior to the international break has given Manchester United fans something to cheer at last – mostly because the result has seen them surpass deadly rivals Liverpool in the Premier League table.
A title challenge looks out of the question with United having made their worst start to a league season since 1986.
However, a top four finish looks very much possible given the way in which Liverpool and Arsenal and to some extent Manchester City have struggled this season.
You could argue a club that has assembled the most expensive squad in Premier League history should be doing somewhat better but Louis van Gaal will insist plenty of work needs to be done on his new-look side before they can consider fighting for titles.
And some of that work would see the Dutchman dispose of some of the deadwood still lurking around Old Trafford, which despite a summer that saw £150 million worth of new talent arrive, still remains at the club hardly helping the cause.
Here, we have identified five players we think United fans would be delighted to see the back of in January.