With a place in the UEFA Champions League second round in the bag and a one-point lead at top of the Barclays Premier League, Manchester United are well placed for glory this season.
However, the Reds have yet to hit anything close to what might resemble top form and have, at times, looked worryingly ordinary in several matches against "lesser" opponents.
So how is it that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are able to achieve so much, in relative terms given the contest, with so little? The answer is down to good management and a strong mentality.
The good news for United fans is that things should only get better. Here, I assess three factors that suggest the Reds are set for an extremely competitive, if not glorious, trophy-laden campaign.