The football might not be pulsating but a six game win streak has United fans gearing up for a possible title race as we approach the halfway stage of the season.
Central to United's run has been David De Gea who is arguably player of the season so far. Aside from the dominant home wins against QPR (4-0) and Hull (3-0), every single victory of United's has been on a knife edge, only for De Gea to literally tip things in his side's favour. A penalty save against Leighton Baines (who prior to the save had a 100% penalty record), a point blank save from Eden Hazard, numerous saves against Jack Wilshere, denying Biram Diouf an equaliser in the last minute, and preventing Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli three golden chances each.
The resolve of De Gea has taken off the pressure from the forward players. They have responded with moments of individual brilliance from Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie and Captain Wayne Rooney.
With defenders failing to perform and a listless midfield, United are essentially comprised of a world class goalkeeper, a world class forward line and several other players running around trying to look busy. Credit then must go to Louis van Gaal for organising a potentially messy situation into a winning side. Even more credit must be bestowed in realisation that aside from Di Maria, United's best players this season were already with the club last season during the disastrous Moyes tenure.
It speaks volumes for van Gaal's managerial prowess; he has instilled resiliency back to the levels that were present with Sir Alex Ferguson. Six of their nine wins have had a one goal difference, whilst two of their four draws were achieved with last ditch goals. Of the three matches they have lost, only one featured a two goal difference - that was the loss to Leicester. Compare that to last season which featured five losses with a two goal difference and three matches with a three goal difference.
The never say die attitude is down to van Gaal who embodies a no nonsense approach, whereas Moyes was rather apologetic in defeat and almost seemed to tolerate it.