The wise and weathered Landlord in the Transfer Tavern has included a comfortable victory for the Red Devils in his accumulator — need I say more?
United have been in fine form in recent months; they have won six on the bounce and are unbeaten in eleven matches. The Red Devils have progressed to the knockout stages of the Europa League, reached the League Cup semi-final and closed the gap on the top four.
It is strange then that United have not played all that well in this period. Certainly, the team is still gelling under new manager Jose Mourinho. However, there can be no denying (we can hear the protests in the Transfer Tavern already) that United have benefited from some poor officiating in that time.
Of course, United have also played some good stuff, getting fans excited that there could be an overdue return to the sort of swashbuckling attacking play that they cheered on under Sir Alex Ferguson.
This may prove a little optimistic so long as the pragmatic Mourinho is in charge, but players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata ensure some quality attacking football is played.
Mourinho prefers to work with a small squad so we cannot see many youngsters being drafted into the fold on Saturday. Still, the 53-year-old is sure to give a few a chance to stake their claim to become a more regular fixture in the Premier League side.
Let me know in the comments if you agree with my United XI that is sure to demolish Reading come Saturday lunchtime.