It might be too early for a definite declaration of recovery, but on the basis of Sunday’s Manchester derby United are back. Not back at the top of the Premier League - where they spent much of the past two decades - but back in spirit.
Juan Mata celebrates scoring the third goal for Manchester United Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic
Under Ferguson United weren’t just a football team, but the manifestation of the Scot’s own individual character
Chris Smalling celebrates scoring the fourth goal for Manchester United with team mates Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney Reuters / Darren Staples Livepic