The draw was a massive fillip in the end for a Manchester United team who would have been 13 points off the pace on Monday morning without the injury time equaliser.
It also gives a hard working team confidence that they continue to move in the right direction and have a chance against their arch-rivals on Sunday in the next big test.
What is more encouraging is that, finally, Manchester United’s injury problems look to be largely clearing up.
Louis van Gaal offered great news on Radamel Falcao, injured before the Chelsea game, when he said that the lad looks OK. He told MUFC.com:
“Falcao took a kick in training on Thursday and couldn’t play because of that,” van Gaal told MUTV. “We’ll have to wait and see, but I don’t think the injury is too bad, today’s match came too soon for him.”
Other reports suggest that Paddy McNair, Jonny Evans and Antonio Valencia will all be ready to resume duties against City if called upon.
The big worry is that Wayne Rooney, seen hobbling around Old Trafford yesterday, may be a doubt for the game.
We think that Adnan Januzaj may have jumped the queue for the right-sided midfield role, ahead of Herrera and Valencia, after two decent performances in a week.
But we all know what Valencia offers genuine defensive cover even if his attacking prowess has been somewhat blunted over the last couple of years.
Murmurs on Twitter suggest all three will be fit.
Meanwhile the handy physioroom.com has them all marked for a return this weekend. Manchester United will go into the game with confidence after Sunday and a win may not be such an outlandish idea after all. Biut, truth be told, Manchester United may be happy to leave The Etihad with a point.