Throw in a dash of good fortune to a spirited fightback, and there you have it - a Manchester United in fine fettle.
Boxing Day drama came early at the KC Stadium yesterday.
Within 13 minutes, United were two goals down and staring down the barrel of a gun.
Then they took exactly the same amount of time to level the score.
This is just the United that fans have come to know and love.
In the end, it took an own goal by the unlucky James Chester - who turned hero into villain having scored the opener for Hull - for United to earn a hard-fought 3-2 win.
But hey, what is a United show without the unexpected?
The three precious points will come in handy as they look to make up for the considerable ground they lost in the early stages of this campaign.
Yet, it will be the heart that his players displayed on the pitch that will give United manager David Moyes reason to believe that his side have what it takes to charge back into the top four.
It was no easy feat recovering from a two-goal deficit on away turf, let alone at Hull's den, where Steve Bruce's men had lost just once in the league.
The Tigers, who had conceded only three goals in eight home games, also had the meanest home defence prior to this fixture.
It all looked like another addition to the United collection of nightmares when Hull stole a stunning 2-0 lead through Chester and David Meyler.