Late Monday morning, Manchester United took over from crosstown rivals Manchester City at the top of the Barclay’s Premier League table for the first time in over a month.
The red half of Manchester rejoiced when news filtered through of City’s shock 1-0 loss to middle-of-the-table Swansea City, and was embraced with cheers throughout Old Trafford when the scoreboard verified it.
United’s own performance on Sunday, which in a rarity was being played at the same time as City’s, was stable and non-threatening against a West Brom side who had won three games on the trot.
With only a few games remaining in the season, including a Manchester derby that will almost decide the title, the race has never been as enthralling as it is right now.
In the first time in a very long time, the two teams at the outright peak of the ladder are from the same town and have equal claim to being the best in England.
For City, they have been the slick, consistent and flashy brilliant team that has captured fans’ imaginations and emulated some of the best English football in over a decade.
For United, the old battlers as they have become to be known, with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in their side, have continued to battle away with great performances and show that talent does not always need to be bought.
So what happens next? Will United hold on to claim another Premier League title? Or will the boys in blue taste Premier League success for the first time?
Not that long until we find out.