Legendary former Manchester United head coach Alex Ferguson on Tuesday backed current boss Jose Mourinho saying he is "unlucky" not to see his side competing for the English Premier League title this season.
"He's been a bit unlucky because they've been absolutely brilliant in most of their home games and drawn (seven of) them".
Mourinho's United are now fifth in the table after 27 league matches of his debut season in charge, and they trail leaders Chelsea by 17 points after drawing 10 of their top-flight games.
"But nothing compares to the Liverpool game".
Ferguson believes there is still all to play for at Old Trafford, with there every reason to believe that the Red Devils will make the most of at least one route back to European football's top table.
United are slowly beginning to take shape under Mourinho.
Yet supporters will lament the amount of draws on the record this season.
"It's very important now because if you win it, you're into the Champions League".
Sir Alex Ferguson admits he gets nervous against Liverpool and Man City.
They have, however, tasted EFL Cup success to complement a top-four challenge, while also progressing to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
"I looked upon the League Cup as the manager (Mourinho) does".
It's hard to determine where to draw the line between unlucky finishing and poor finishing, although thinking back over the matches United have drawn at home this season, you'd say they've suffered with both at times.
Indeed, the Portuguese will be content with the chances being created by his team in front of the Old Trafford crowd, especially given the Red Devils were so ponderous in their attacking play under his predecessor. "That's what the club's history is about - winning trophies".