David Moyes has been the subject of much derision this season. But as the epic Boxing Day comeback against Hull City indicates, the reigning champions have plenty of fight in them. The character demonstrated by the Wayne Rooney captained side at the KC Stadium was a shot across the bow to the teams ahead of the Red Devils in the table.

They may look done, but Manchester United is far from dead. Moyes side is in the semi-finals of the League Cup, they’ve won their European group, and are once again gaining confidence while climbing the league table.

Danny Welbeck’s re-integration into the side, as well as the emerging talent of Adnan Januzaj, are the highlights from what have been a solid two plus weeks of soccer from the 20-time Champions. Additionally, the wide play from Ashely Young and Antonio Valencia have improved in the five match winning run the club is currently on in all competitions. Manchester United knows how to win matches and they are showing once again nobody does it better than them when the chips are down. Wayne Rooney is also re-emerging as a top 10 global footballer, with his consistent performances and his willingness to take on new leadership roles.

Robin van Persie’s return could be bad news for the rest of the league. Having rallied to win the type of match today that Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have already shown an inability to win this season, is a very strong sign of things to come.

United remain outsides to win the title this season, but given their pedigree and the head of steam they are rapidly developing, writing them off is foolish. Perhaps it sells newspapers and makes for nice conversation, but until they are dead and buried, this Red Devils side remains capable of winning trophies, pushing the issue in every competition they enter.

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