Manchester United fans will certainly hope that history repeats itself with their mercurial manager Louis van Gaal.
He’s widely regarded as a slow starter and has regularly tried the patience of his bosses with poor early results before turning things around with spectacular consequences.
The last club side Van Gaal managed was Bayern Munich who started their first season (2009) poorly under him. But, from the beginning of November ,Bayern Munich went on a 14 game unbeaten run which eventually swept them to a league and cup double that season.
Of course the German league wasn’t as competitive at that point and Bayern Munich certainly didn’t have clubs of the quality of Chelsea and Manchester City 8 and 5 points ahead of them.
But Manchester United seem to be on a similar timeline right now. Things started to turn around in November and, through lots of hard work and some luck, they have ground out six wins on the bounce. With most of their injured stars about to make a return to the first team and a decent run of fixtures coming up, there is no reason to think that Manchester United can’t extend this run.
Talk of the title may be a little far-fetched right now. But if Manchester United’s performances improve and current results are maintained it could be an interesting run in.