As we enter the new year, Manchester United are clinging on to top spot in the Premier League table by goal difference from local rivals Manchester City.
We are just over halfway through the season, and United are very fortunate to be in their position. They have certainly been no great shakes all season, but the rest of the top sides just haven't got their act together either.
Chelsea dropping two points against Aston Villa on Sunday may now leave them six points behind the Manchester clubs in the table, but I think it is too early to write them off.
Once the champions have everyone fully fit and in form, they will be able to close that gap at least part of the way.
The only word to describe United against West Brom at the weekend is awful. Alex Ferguson got away with changing his goalkeeper, but the decision to field Gabriel Obertan and, in particular, Gary Neville very nearly backfired on him.
Neville has been embarrassing this season on the few occasions he has played. He should have been sent off against Stoke the last time he played in the league, and how he escaped conceding a penalty and seeing a red card at The Hawthorns I will never know.
When West Brom were awarded a spot-kick, United rode their luck even more thanks to the bizarre choice of Peter Odemwingie to take it instead of Chris Brunt.
That Javier Hernandez was left completely unmarked to score the winner sums up the fortune United have enjoyed all season.
Alex Ferguson was good enough to admit as much afterwards, but then he described Wayne Rooney's performance as "world class". He can't have been talking about this world.
Even Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have got away with plenty this term, despite United's unbeaten record. Vidic consistently gives away needless fouls while the West Brom penalty showed Ferdinand's feet are nowhere near as quick as they used to be.
Ferguson has ruled out any new arrivals in the January transfer window, but how his squad could do with an impact signing, someone to inject some impetus back into the rest of the players and send a statement of intent to the rest of the title challengers. Unfortunately, it seems that the club just cannot afford to spend, rather than choosing not to do so.
Their luck is going to run out sooner rather than later, and that time may well be brought on by them playing Liverpool in the FA Cup this weekend.
That match at Old Trafford is followed by games against Tottenham and Birmingham, two matches in which United are more than capable of dropping points.
I'm sure Ferguson would rather have drawn a lower league side and rested several players, but there is no way he can risk doing that now. He would never be forgiven for getting knocked out in the third round by Liverpool after fielding a weakened side, believe me.