From the word go, there have been two teams who have dominated this season's Premier League title race: Chelsea and Manchester City.
Both teams have played some breathtaking football, with Chelsea's Diego Costa and City's Sergio Aguero leading the pack in the race for the golden boot.
However, their 1-1 draw on Saturday played right into the hands of an old enemy - and one that has come back to life after a poor start to the season: Louis van Gaal's Manchester United.
LACK OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOOTBALL
United are not much further behind Chelsea than Liverpool were behind the leaders at this time last season.
The Merseyside club then embarked on an 11-game winning streak and shot to the top of the table; before throwing away the title with a loss to Chelsea and a draw to Crystal Palace.
United have the same advantage over Mourinho and Pellegrini's sides as Liverpool did last season: a lack of European commitments.
Yes, they have a far inferior squad to the Blues and the Citizens; but so did Brendan Rodgers' side last season.
In fact, with an abundance of star players - such as David de Gea, Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie - and title-winning experience in the squad; United are better equipped to challenge for the title than Liverpool were a year ago.
SQUEAKY BUM TIME
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United were renowned for their form in the second half of the season.
The Scotsman has departed, but many players whom he brought to the club still remain.
Although they did not show it under David Moyes and are only now coming to life under van Gaal; United must still have that winning mentality buried somewhere deep inside them.
Whilst Chelsea and City can sleep easy for now, one thing they cannot afford to do is have short memories.
If van Gaal can help his team gain momentum, they will doubtlessly rediscover the superiority complex they had under Ferguson.
And if they do, no deficit is too big for Manchester United to claw back from.
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