In late January of this year, Manchester United needed a lift after a dreadful runs of results.
In six games, United won just twice and even the second of those victories, against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup, saw David Moyes' side eliminated from the competition after a farcical penalty shootout.
United were also knocked out of the FA Cup at home to Swansea. It was nowhere near good enough and while serious pressure was yet to build on Moyes, United were in disarray.
Pressure was on the club...