Manchester United were nine points behind Liverpool two months ago. They finished New Year’s Day level with the Premier League leaders on points, after beating Aston Villa 2-1.
Two months to the day since a demoralising, alarming, and seemingly damaging defeat at home to Arsenal, Manchester United have gone level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table. It’s a remarkable turnaround.
The gap between the rivals was up to nine points when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty clinched it for the Gunners at Old Trafford at the start of November, handing United their third defeat in their first six games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had a game in hand on Liverpool but they were down in 15th.
Eight wins in 10 Premier League games later, and the mood among the United players and coaching staff at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day was completely different. Confidence and belief runs through the camp now.
Anthony Martial celebrates his goal against Aston Villa
Speaking to Sky Sports after the 2-1 win over Aston Villa, Solskjaer was keen to emphasise it’s still early in the season but United’s trip to Liverpool on January 17 will be approaching the halfway point of the campaign, and that head-to-head is shaping up to be a fascinating and important contest.