In the top six of the Premier League and now through to the last 16 of the Champions League. Manchester United and City have set themselves up to charge towards Christmas number one.

United joined City in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League with their resounding victory over Bayer Leverkusen, the result now takes the emphasis off the Champions League and back on to the Premier League.

Emergence out of the group stages is likely to re-establish some belief in a United side being questioned over some dodgy results this term.

City reaffirmed their title intentions with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Spurs at the weekend. The three points take the Sky Blues up to a much more familiar fourth place in the league after themselves performing poorly, particularly away from home.

You get the sense that with the quality of City and experience of United that we will be seeing them much closer to the top around the time of the yuletide and now being able to put the Champions League on the backburner will help undeniably. A weight off the mind of the managers and players.

Credit must go out, then, to pace-setters Arsenal. They have successfully bypassed a tricky group and sit top of the table despite having a fair amount of injuries. Does this prove Arsenal are contenders this season?

All the top managers will be battling out to get to the top of the tree by Christmas and with just league games to play right into January, I wonder which gaffer will be tucking into his turkey dinner the happiest and gallivanting into the new year resolution-free.

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