Manchester United go into Sunday’s crunch match with rivals Liverpool off the back of five consecutive Premier League wins.
It’s the first time United have achieved such a feat since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and despite not playing well in certain matches, Louis van Gaal appears have brought back a winning mentality to the club.
Liverpool came at Old Trafford last season as genuine title challengers whilst David Moyes and his players were struggling to even qualify for Europe. The result was a humiliating 3-0 home defeat for United.
But the league table and form table will give United supporters every reason to be optimistic ahead of Sunday. Of those five wins, two have been against Arsenal and Southampton whilst the club haven’t lost at home since the opening day, only dropping points against Chelsea in October.
In contrast, Liverpool have struggled to keep up with the standards they set themselves last season. The loss of Luis Suarez and continuous injuries to Daniel Sturridge has left Brendan Rodgers’ men looking a shadow of the side from the last campaign.
Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have struggled to hit form and goals both home and away have been hard to come by. 0-0 draws against Hull and Sunderland at Anfield in recent weeks should give United supporters little to fear, combined with a poor defence and a goalkeeper looking bereft of any sort of confidence.
It’ll be 18 points from 18 with another winnable match at Aston Villa on the horizon if United avenge last season’s result and will further consolidate their position inside the top four.