Manchester City beat Manchester United 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium in early November to keep tabs with league leaders Chelsea, leaving the Red Devils in a lowly 10th position with 13 points from 10 games.
It was a poor start to the campaign from Louis van Gaal’s men, and the same can be said of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur who all found themselves out of the top four in early November.
But the biggest question is, since that encounter at the Etihad on November 2, who has been the Premier League’s best club in terms of points accumulated?
The Gunners, after boasting the best record in 2015 with 10 wins from 12 would be a good shout. Yet, surprisingly, the Old Trafford outfit come out on top with 49 points taken from their last 21 games.
Louis van Gaal’s men have often come in for stick this season, often for their Dutch coach’s bizarre formations, the defence and the inability to get record signing Angel di Maria firing on all cylinders.
Many experts had tipped them to miss out on reaching the top four altogether, not least Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry who instead backed Liverpool before United impressively defeated the Reds 2-1 at Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers’ men underwent a near three-month unbeaten run prior to that loss to United, but having suffered two straight defeats they’ve fallen someway behind the top four.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have also struggled recently, their 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday their third loss in five games – not the sort of record you want heading to the Premier League’s best team on form.
Conversely, huge credit should go to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, the White Hart Lane outfit keeping tabs with the league’s frontrunners over the past five months and doing so with limited resources.
It bodes well for the North Londoners for next season’s top-four push, though their bitter rivals have further cause for optimism as Arsene Wenger’s side now boast all of the ingredients required to sustain a title challenge.