Mid-January is usually the time of year for which reality sets in for many of us after a positive holiday period.
Manchester United continue to live the dream however, with today’s 2-1 win over Brighton putting them just three points behind Chelsea who face Arsenal in the evening kickoff.
Brighton, who won the return fixture 3-2 at the start of the season, were forced to chase the game when the in-form Paul Pogba won and converted a penalty just before the half-hour mark.
Marcus Rashford doubled the lead some 15 minutes later, firing past Brighton keeper David Button from an acute angle in a goal that can only be made possible by a player in full confidence.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s faith in Rashford to lead the line over Romelu Lukaku has been handsomely rewarded.
It was his first time scoring in four consecutive league games, and he becomes United’s youngest player to do so.
On what was the Englishman’s 150th appearance for the club, he scored his fifth goal under Solskjaer, making it seven goals and five assists in the last 12 games for a player that was struggling to find his feet under Jose Mourinho.
That first half would prove to be United’s best share of the match, though. Chris Hughton’s side stayed disciplined and restored some hope with 20 minutes remaining.
Pascal Gross scored in off the bar as the hosts were made to toil for their three points, which they did with a degree of discomfort.
With the victory, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first United manager to win his first six league games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the 1st Man Utd manager to win their first 6 league games.
In the PL era, only Carlo Ancelotti & Pep Guardiola have won their opening 6 league games in charge of a club pic.twitter.com/gfyvQDH2Z0
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) January 19, 2019
In all, it’s seven out of seven wins for the Norwegian, with the Red Devils scoring 19 goals and conceding just four in that time.
Burnley, Leicester City and Fulham await in the league, and that run of fixtures could see them finally reach the top four once the European campaign resumes in mid-February.