And just like that, Manchester United are back among the title contenders.
It wasn’t long ago when Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer was being asked if he feared for his job as manager given they had lost to Istanbul Basaksehir, been dumped out of the Champions League and even lost to Arsenal.
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But what a difference a few wins can make and United now sit third in the Premier League table.
They travel to Leicester for the 12.30pm kick-off, which is live on talkSPORT and find themselves five points behind Liverpool with a game in hand, while their form on the road is among the best.
Solskjaer’s side have won each of their last 10 Premier League away games. In top-flight history, only two sides have ever won 11 in a row on the road Chelsea between April-December 2008 and Manchester City between May-December 2017.
It’s form talkSPORT co-host Tony Cascarino believes makes them best placed along with City to catch the leaders.
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United are up and running, but they need to win today, he wrote in The Times.
They have an enormous squad, so its now a case of how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer manages them and whether he gets his tactics right.
“It might help them now theyve gone out of the Champions League. If they find themselves in title contention in March, say, they can rest people in the Europa League in a way they couldnt if they were in the Champions League.
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The manager, however, insists his players are not looking that far ahead, adding there is always talk of title contention when it comes to the club.
For us, its about improving,” he said.
“The only way that you are going to challenge for anything at the end of the season is by taking it one game at a time so it [winning the title] is not something that we talk about.
Maybe now at the moment we are getting praise and thats another thing to learn to deal with.
A win against Leicester puts them second and Boxing Day has been good to the Old Trafford club – as has games against the Foxes.
United have the most wins (21) and highest win rate (81%) of any Premier League side in Boxing Day games.
Theyve lost just two games on 26th December in the competition, against Middlesbrough in 2002 (1-3) and Stoke in 2015 (0-2).
Only once in their last 22 Premier League meetings with Leicester have they lost and the club are unbeaten in their last 11 since that 3-5 away loss in September 2014.