I did not really want to to make it a new thread at all, was trying to find a positive one to post in but there really isn't many of them around here. Reading through the forum today I once again realized how grim our fans on here have become. The criticism our team receives these days is really crazy, there is very little positivity about the players and not a single player has managed to escape from the hatred of RedCafe over the last 3-4 months it feels. Every remotely bad result is being discussed endlessly and with some people it even feels that they cherish the moments when we fail because that's when they can voice their disgust at players and manager. In the meantime our rivals have been praised to the sky. Not even talking about City who are absolute darlings here and it almost feels like some people would genuinely cheer their league and CL victories, but also the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs who have largely escaped anywhere near the same criticism United have been under and have been praised way more frequently than us by United fans on here. Meanwhile we are halfway through what appears to be our first genuinely good season since Ferguson left. It took us 4 years to get here and we have gone through some horrid football, Moyes interviews, bad transfers and false dawns many times but finally it feels like Manchester United are actually a very good football team. When we play at home, it almost always feels like we are going to win, and we do. We don't get spanked by teams. Yes, we are not going to win the league this season. Yes, we have had our bad moments, we had to grind out results. But we are no longer the pushovers that we had been for the last 4 years. We no longer need to fear being embarrassed by Sunderland and Southampton not once or twice per season but several times. We no longer wonder if we can get five shots on target, we no longer go to all other big teams and get spanked silly by them. We are back in Europe and about to play our first Champions League knockout game since 2014. We are comfortably in the top 4 and it feels like we don't have to worry about being in the elite again next year. Domestically we finally don't have to look at Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal from several points behind anymore. We will have bad games, we will struggle through them but this time we will get the wins in so many of them - this is the difference between us now and us for the previous 4 years. Let's not pretend we were outplaying everybody under Fergie, we weren't. Our strength was getting the results even when we weren't at our best and looking great when we were. We are very close to being that team again. Let's not pretend City is the benchmark here. They are not, they are having a dream season nobody thought anyone would ever have and they will get the highest points total ever in Premier League and possibly in any too European league period. The fact that we will finish one spot below them won't mean that we failed - it will just mean that we have more to do. And I am confident that we will do more, and we will get better and we will challenge for the title again pretty soon - title challenge is not something that looks so distant now as it looked even a year ago. This is going to be so unpopular here but I truly feel that we have got our Manchester United back. We got some improvements to make but finally it once again feels like we are a serious football club with ambition.