Football can be a cruel game that can turn in an instant. One minute, you're flying high and on top of the world. The next, you're dropping points against Stoke and FC Basel, and those players you thought were heroes were anything but.
Still, despite negative press starting to creep in around Manchester United, it still holds that the Red Devils have one of the strongest sides in Europe when healthy.
The problem, of course, is that one condition: "when healthy."
Sir Alex Ferguson hasn't been able to start his first choice side since captain Nemanja Vidic went down in the first game of the season. Since then, a rash of injuries has hit the side, claiming such notable names as Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, and Javier Hernandez.
Still, United has made do with what they have, and what they have is unparalleled squad depth.
Here, then, is the strongest starting XI of the 2011-2012 season so far.
In choosing the squad, I'm taking into account cumulative performances across all competitions. I'm also taking into consideration playing time, especially when it comes to the injured players. As such, someone like Wayne Rooney (currently injured) will be included, whereas Nemanja Vidic (only played less than one half) will not.