All of a sudden, Manchester United look like a team that belongs at the top once again and while there have been so many impressive elements to their recent resurgence, there is one that stands out more than most. The attacking options at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s disposal are among the best in the land.
The rejuvenation of Edinson Cavani has shaken things up and is keeping every member of United’s attack on their toes, itching for opportunities.
Even Marcus Rashford, who has been a mainstay in the team under Solskjaer’s leadership, was dropped to the bench in the 2-1 win at Fulham.
The gritty performance highlighted that this is a team playing for one another, willing to fight for the badge and their place in the starting XI.
Anthony Martial has struggled for form but Solskjaer stood by the Frenchman, while Mason Greenwood was in from the cold to start on the opposite flank.
It’s the kind of depth that Liverpool are desperately lacking, something that has proved the difference in the past six weeks when the going has got tough for the Reds.
Last night against Burnley, Jurgen Klopp rolled the dice and gave Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a rare opportunity to impress ahead of Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
Both were hooked on 55 minutes with the Belgian squandering a golden chance to put the hosts in front at Anfield after Ben Mee’s lapse in concentration at the back.
In the absence of Diogo Jota, who is desperately missed, Liverpool no longer look the same team going forward.
The pattern emphasises just how much of a crucial buy the Portuguese was last summer following his impressive start to life at Anfield.
There is an over-reliance on Sadio Mane, Salah and Firmino to deliver and not enough strength in reserve.
United now have quality across the board which is why there is every chance they could go all the way this season, particularly now they’re growing in confidence.
Liverpool are in desperate need of ideas and fast. Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Old Trafford could prove to be a free hit in terms of building confidence in the final third once again, after failing to score in four successive Premier League games.