This is a term that is heard a lot in sports, especially from teams trying to methodically regain their lost glory. So it is no surprise that it is a term that Manchester United fans are familiar with, and this looks like the year the process finally pays off.

There has been very little for Manchester United fans to celebrate since the great Sir Alex Ferguson retired from coaching. An FA Cup win with Louis Van Gaal; a game that ended up being the last game of the Dutch mastermind. A Europa League trophy, one that completed Manchester United’s trophy case this time under Jose Mourinho and another FA Cup triumph under the “Special One.” Three major trophies in seven years for a club that dominated the Premier League for decades prior was unacceptable. Now, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a return to the top of English football for years to come seems closer than ever.

It has been far from easy for the Manchester United manager who earned himself that title by winning 14 of his 19 games as caretaker manager. Since then, there have been ups and downs for United. They started the 19/20 season with a 4-0 victory against Chelsea. But the next 10 games produced just two victories for Ole Gunnar’s side, essentially ending any hope for a Premier League title that year.

However, this year, United finds themselves on top of the Premier League table 3 points above league favorites Liverpool and with an all-important home game against Liverpool game coming up next.

Over the years, Manchester United seemed to lack the fight or appetite to push for the title. There seemed to be very little leadership in the locker room, and they continuously fell way short of expectations. Under Solskjaer, Manchester United has slowly but steadily created an identity for themselves. The team is no longer fazed when they concede first. They have an outstanding record away from home. They find ways to win against teams that sit deep. And with the signing of Bruno Fernandez, they have a player that demands one hundred percent for 90 minutes from himself and his teammates.

Manchester United has been eliminated in four Semifinals since the start of last season, and while the critics use that against them, United fans can see it as a cup half full. Manchester United are finally making deep runs in domestic competition; they are finally on top of the Premier League table in what feels like forever. And while the disappointing elimination from the Champions League group stage proves that there is still work to be done, they can look at the team now and believe.

The game against Liverpool on the 17th is a huge game in the battle for standings in the English Premier League. Manchester United are finally on top, and to stay there, United need to continue to trust the process.

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