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It's no secret that Manchester United are going through one of the more disappointing patches of their history this season.
The 2013-14 term has brought about the worst start to a campaign that the club has witnessed in some 24 years, with worries swirling around David Moyes' appointment as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor.
However, one thing that isn't all too uncommon at Old Trafford is a winter rise through the ranks and the Red Devils may have just gotten off to a start on Saturday.
United's 2-0 win over Swansea City came in the absences of the injured Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, but the signs were there of a more unified fight.
On the evening, Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck provided the necessary finishes to see off their Welsh opponents in what Moyes will have seen as a gratifying way to start winning ways in 2014.
The next five months will nevertheless be a gruelling test of the club's resolve, but it could be now, eight months after the Scot took charge at Old Trafford, that things take a turn for the better.