Manchester United have won 10 of their past 11 league games and drawn the other, not only displaying the sort of precisely timed acceleration that defines champions but giving their rivals an object lesson in team unity and professional focus.
Liverpool needed to stop the rot after losing five of their last six league matches, and a late comeback just about did that.
This public pursuit of perfection is in danger of becoming Tiger Woods's epitaph.
Whether or not Sir Chris Hoy will defend his Olympic sprint title in London still hangs in the balance and could do for nearly four months.
One of the biggest potential stars of the London Olympics has broken cover in the grand manner here in the past two days.