Shinji Kagawa silenced any critics he may have had today with a hat-trick against Norwich at Old Trafford that moved United 15 points clear at the top of the table.
The former Dortmund man deserved his goals as he showed any doubter just why Sir Alex signed him in the Summer and gave the Reds the perfect result before Real Madrid visit on Tuesday.
Wayne Rooney grabbed United’s fourth with a cracker as the title race may not be quite over just yet but it’s in danger of becoming a procession if the Reds current form continues.
City face Aston Villa on Monday and you have to wonder whether even the most optimistic of Roberto Mancini’s men really believes this is anything other than United’s year.
Naturally Tuesday will be a far greater test but nothing will give United confidence like demolishing a side and moving so far clear at the top.