Sir Alex Ferguson feels the class within the Manchester United squad means it is only a matter of time before they move into title contention.
The Red Devils have struggled at times since the Scot retired but after some early teething problems under new boss Louis van Gaal, they now appear to be getting to grips with his tactics having avoided defeat in their last seven outings.
United currently sit third in the Premier League table, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, and are 18.00 to win the title.
Friday will give them the perfect chance to extend their run when they meet Newcastle in the Boxing Day fixtures and they are 1.35 to take all three points, with the draw 4.70 and the Magpies 8.58.
Winning the Premier League was always the main thing on Ferguson’s agenda during his time in charge and with no European football to worry about, the time could be right for United to mount a serious challenge in the second half of the season.
The 72-year-old believes that after their slow start, things are really starting to come together for his former side, especially in attack.
“They have still got great players,” he told BT Sport. “The World Cup has maybe taken a little bit out of Robin van Persie, but you watch him in the second half of the season. He will be fine.
“(Wayne) Rooney is back flying and he will always get you a goal. Having a goalscorer in your team is always an advantage.”