Fulham boss Mark Hughes knows better than most that Manchester United's ability to keep on winning is nothng to do with "confidence of luck."
Last weekend, United showed the spirit of champions as they battled back from 2-0 down to win at West Ham courtesy of a hat-trick from Rooney, with his foul-mouthed celebration down a camera lens leading to sanctions from the Football Association.
Hughes, 47, had two successful spells at Old Trafford, and is well aware of their uncanny ability to turn certain defeats into victories.
He said: "It happens time and time again, it is not coincidence or luck, it is because of what is drilled into them on a daily basis and what the manager demands of them - sometimes United run out of time, but they are never beaten."
Hughes hopes to be able to utilise such an approach within his own squad.
"You want to get to that point, where you see the qualities you need to get back into games when things are going against you," he said.
"The advantage they have over most teams is United have outstanding players to be able to do that, to turn things around.
"There are a lot of examples of teams with big names on paper that just haven't got that mentality because it is not driven from the top."
It is likely Ferguson will rotate his squad against the Cottagers, who have been beaten nine times away this season.
However, Hughes believes his old club will not lose any focus as they look to extend their seven-point lead over Arsenal at the top of the table.
"People might think they will go into our game focused on other things ahead of them, but I doubt that."
Hughes, however, is not about to park the proverbial bus at Old Trafford.
"We are not expected to win, given our record away from home is not good and at Old Trafford it is very poor. However, we are trying to change those things," he said.
"We have been to some tough places this season and acquitted ourselves well.
"We know we can go to the bigger stages of the Premier League and give these teams a real run for their money, so why think any different going to Old Trafford?"