With just 37 games to go until the end of the Premier League season, the maths is simple: Man Utd are in control of their Premier League destiny.
After a narrow opening weekend victory over Wolves, all they need to do is win their remaining games, and the first league title in a decade will be theirs.
Unlike previous near misses, such as 2018 and 2021’s runners up spot their Manchester neighbours, Manchester United are now firmly in the driving seat.
Not since 2013 has top flight league silverware graced the Old Trafford trophy room, but now, with the title in their grasp as they enter what Sir Alex Ferguson famously called “squeaky-bum time”, that could all change in just nine months.
But being in touching distance of the Premier League trophy, the pressure will surely mount ever more between now and the end of the season on the champions elect.
Manager Erik ten Hag summed up the mood at first-team training this morning, telling reporters, “It’s nice to be in control of our own destiny and not have anyone have too many games in hand over us.”
Captain Bruno Fernandes added, “Who would have thought that at this stage of the season, we’d be masters of our own fate? To be this close: we can finally dare to dream.
“We go again. Just 37 more times.”