One huge positive from all the recent upheaval at United has been the emergence of Jadon Sancho.
He showed great pace and awareness to score at Stamford Bridge last weekend as caretaker boss Michael Carrick picked up an unlikely point, with the Reds putting in a gutsy showing against heavily-fancied Chelsea.
His impact was largely overshadowed by the benching of Cristiano Ronaldo – and all eyes will be on the team sheets to see if the Portuguese starts against Arsenal at Old Trafford tonight.
I say probably because the appointment of Ralph Rangnick is becoming something of a soap opera.
Visa problems are said to be the reason why the 63-year-old hasn’t taken his place in the dugout yet – and we keep being asked to accept he’s not had any discussions about team selection and tactics.
It’s fair to say it’s all a bit odd at Old Trafford at the moment.
But we MUST get behind the club now they have taken the big step to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a caretaker in Carrick – and then on Monday with an interim in Rangnick.
The German, who is lined up to at last takeover against Palace on Sunday, surely won’t be daft enough to pick an argument with CR7, especially as he’s only got the United gig for six months before being shunted into a consultancy role for a couple of years.
If he does make a fist of it and transform our fortunes before the end of season, the Reds might not replace him with their long-term target Mauricio Pochettino.
Meanwhile, I’m chuffed to bits that Channel 4 are to start broadcasting the Betfred Super League from the start of next season.
It’s the first time since the league was launched in 1996 that we’re on terrestrial TV.
I was delighted to hear at the launch of the new partnership that both Betfred Super League and Channel 4 are looking to expand on the type of people supporting our great game.
Channel 4 do have a good record at expanding an individual sport – for example the great work they did with the Paralympics.
And what a fantastic first game we have in store on the channel with Warrington playing at Leeds at 12.30 on Saturday February 12.
It was interesting to read Wire’s new coach Daryl Powell’s assessment of his squad, just two weeks into pre-season training.
Powell, who knows all about taking on the Wolves, recognises that the Wire have always had individual superstars.
But Powell now wants them to improve as a group and, in a telling quote, ensure they are “all singing from the same hymn sheet.”
Powell’s appointment has had an impact on the betting for the new season, with Wire second favourites at 7/2 to win the Betfred Super League Grand Final next season.