Manchester United go into the forthcoming international break on the back of their best performance of the season.
Earlier on Sunday, they beat Newcastle United 3-0 at St. James' Park. In addition to their potency in front of goal, the performance of the injury-ravaged and under-fire defense was especially encouraging. United now sit pretty in second place in the league, four points behind early leaders Chelsea.
They have also made a good start to their Champions League campaign by winning both their games so far, to top the group in the early running.
The team will now break for around 10 days, as players return to their respective countries to play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. As many as 16 first-team players are expected to be on duty with their respective countries in this period.
Here is a look at four things Sir Alex Ferguson and all Manchester United fans will be hoping for during the international break.