Manchester United's response to losing the title in cruel circumstances last May has, thus far, been emphatic.
While everybody realises that no trophies are handed out at the start of the calendar year, completing the double over Liverpool enabled Sir Alex Ferguson's team to post a club-record points haul in the Premier League after 22 games.
The 55-point tally is a new high and gives the Reds a seven-point advantage over champions Manchester City, who proved they will still be a tough nut to crack with an away success at Arsenal.
We decided to compare 2012/2013 with other campaigns when United collected more than 50 points at the same stage of the campaign. It's also worth noting that the lowest tally, in the inaugural season of the Premier League, still did not prevent the Reds from going on to win the title.
1993/94: 53pts. FINISH: 1st
Long reckoned by some to be the manager's best-ever XI, the Double winners had completed 22 games by Boxing Day, racking up a 14-point lead over nearest challengers Leeds. With only one defeat, the Reds were