The memories of standing around on the pitch at the Stadium of Light last season, as the Sunderland fans roared after a late goal for Manchester City, which earned the Citizens the Premier League title, will live long in the memory of manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, and his Manchester United players.
Having come so close to beating City to the title to have it taken away in a matter of minutes is not something the Old Trafford club have been accustomed to. Ferguson’s greatest fear that day was realised; to lose the English crown simply on a matter of goal difference.
Well, there is nothing that the Scottish tactician can do about that now but he has certainly got his players fired up for the 2012/2013 campaign and United are looking very strong indeed.
The introduction of former Arsenal skipper, Robin van Persie, was a no-brainer for the Scot and the Dutch striker could well be the difference between United and City come the end of the season.
With the amount of money United have spent over the years, the £24m price tag for Van Persie might be the best bit of business Ferguson has done if the player can stay fit.
But the Red Devils success has not just been down to one man, United are starting to form a team with some talented youth coming through the ranks, with the likes of Tom Cleverley and Rafael being established member of the starting XI.
Bringing in youth is nothing new at Old Trafford but the fact these young players have already tasted one of the most bitter disappointments with the final day of last season, can only stand them and the future of the club in good stead.