Do you remember the start of the season? It feels like a long, long time ago, because it was. Back in August, VAR was still in its infancy, Mauricio Pochettino was still managing Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United were still very, very bad.
In the early stages of the 2019-20 campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had every reason to worry about his job. United had suffered their worst start to a season in three decades and dropped into the bottom half of the Premier League table. They were closer to the relegation zone than they were to the top four. Pochettino and Unai Emery were sacked for similarly poor runs of form at Tottenham and Arsenal, respectively. Solskjaer survived.
Fast forward to the present day and the picture isn't so bleak. United are unbeaten in 17 games, a point off the Champions League places, and banging in goals on the regular. With a 3-0 stroll Thursday against Aston Villa, the Red Devils became the first team in Premier League history to win four consecutive games by three goals or more.
It's tempting to give Bruno Fernandes, the electrifying midseason signing from Sporting CP, full credit for the change in fortune. He's been involved in 13 goals since February - more than any other Premier League player in that time - but he's not the only one producing. Far from it.