David Moyes's Everton side usually endured slow starts to the season - and then managed to get the turbines rolling.
They would propel up the table to finish in the top eight and that was another successful season. If his Manchester United side are to replicate that, then they may find themselves at the summit of the table come the end of the season.
However, could Manchester United miss out on Champions League football?
Now, obviously, we have only played eight games so far this season, and as the old cliché goes: there is still a lot of football to be played.
Nothing can be taken for granted this season, as Man City's away slip-ups and Tottenham's shock home defeat to West Ham have shown. But with the form of Arsenal, the style of Liverpool and the money of Tottenham, the race for the top four will be hotter than ever this year. It seems that Moyes' side have it all to do.
After 11 points from eight games, it is safe to say United have had a very poor start. Shock results against West Brom and Southampton have piled the pressure on David Moyes, and so it may be of some relief than Sir Alex Ferguson's book release has diverted the attention away from him. Even more worrying, though, is that United have failed to beat any of the "top six" so far this season.
They lost 1-0 away at Anfield, got thumped 4-1 at the Etihad and played out a goalless draw at home to Chelsea. Mark Hughes' recent comments have epitomised the current feeling about Man Utd- they are vulnerable and there for the taking. Indeed if United slip up a few more times before Christmas, the title is definitely out of their hands.
Even the top four may be out of their hands given the current form of the top five teams in the league. They are all flying, playing with confidence and seeming very tough to beat.
Arsene Wenger has got his Arsenal side arguably at their best since the invincible team of 2003/04. This has been characterised by Aaron Ramsey, finally realising his potential. However, the Zidane comparison made by Alan Hansen was definitely too far.
Tottenham have spent big and have strength in depth, City are starting to flex their muscles and Liverpool have the SAS partnership up front that will surely reap rewards, should Sturridge and Suarez stay fit. Obviously Chelsea have an abundance of quality and are being managed by the one and only Jose Mourinho.
Interestingly, the average finishing position for teams who have only conceded three goals in their first eight games is fifth, Southampton shouldn't be getting too excited, should they?
So come the end of the season we may not see United gain Champions League football, but with the January transfer window and a busy Christmas period just around the corner, expect many more twists and turns this season.
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