Jump on board the bandwagon. Manchester United are trundling away with the Premier League title. Their slalom around static poles posing as Queens Park Rangers footballers has fuelled frenzied talk of Premier League resurrection. But are they legitimate title contenders?
WHY MAN UNITED... ... CAN WIN THE PREMIER TITLE LEAGUE
Imposters are being outlawed
Let's dispense with sentiment immediately. Maybe they were not utilised properly, but Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley never fulfilled the uncompromising criteria unique to Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson often spoke mystically about signing only "Manchester United players"; men blessed with distinct qualities of mental fortitude, physical tenacity and inventive talent. Kagawa and Cleverly (and even Danny Welbeck for that matter) ticked all three boxes occasionally, but never consistently.
Welbeck and Cleverley's passport colours and Kagawa's past achievements in the Bundesliga clouded sentiment and obscured reality. They were not Manchester United players.
Nor is Marouane Fellaini for that matter, but he's currently injured and Louis van Gaal can only take one chainsaw at a time to deadwood.
More importantly, superior replacements have been secured. Daley Blind and Angel di Maria are United players in the old, fearless, trophy-hungry, Fergie-era sense. Along with Radamel Falcao and Marcos Rojo (the jury is still out on Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw), the names on the back of their jerseys are finally worthy of the one on the front.