Seldom in the three seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement can Manchester United have found themselves engulfed in such a moment of positivity.
The lighting conductor for the good vibes reigning down on the club is Carrington-reared centre forward Marcus Rashford, whose successive two-goal hauls have helped land consecutive wins over Midtjylland and Arsenal.
Yet, much, much-maligned manager Louis van Gaal too has profited from the wave of Rashford-inspired optimism.
His much-memed Alexis-Sanchez-aping pratfall during the 3-2 victory over the Gunners resulted in an Old Trafford crowd long lukewarm to his efforts launching lustily into chants of ‘Louis van Gaal’s Red and White Army!’ seldom heard in recent times.
Sometimes, you've just got to love Louis van Gaal. pic.twitter.com/ybN8nqccCA
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 28, 2016
The Dutchman is rated as long as a 5/2 chance to remain at the United helm on the first day of the 2016/17 campaign.
News.bwin had suggested before the match that LvG had received scant praise for his attempts to blood the next generation of Reds youngsters in the finest traditions of the club.
After all, it’s unlikely Jose Mourinho, widely expected to take over when the Iron Tulip is ousted in the summer, would have even considered starting Rashford.
The moment Reds fans gave Van Gaal their backing against the Gunners could yet be looked back upon as the turning point in his Old Trafford tenure.
Not only that, but an ideal juncture at which to back him to still be calling the shots at Old Trafford at the beginning of next season.