It's been a long, expensive and often turbulent journey but Manchester United are back in a place they used to know so well - top of the Premier League.
A 1-0 win at Burnley, secured by a deflected volley from Paul Pogba on 71 minutes, lifted United above great rivals Liverpool to the summit of England's top-flight after 17 games.
"It's a brilliant position to be in," Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge the last time United led the standings this deep in a league campaign - during the 2012-13 season in which they won the title in what proved to be the Scot's final season as a manager.
Can Solskjaer do the same?
The Norwegian said this week that "no one remembers the January league tables" but it didn't stop him having a look of satisfaction at the final whistle.
Quite justifiably, too, given the criticism he has faced in his two years in charge, mostly from those who believe he isn't qualified to be a manager at this level.
Yet he has done something David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, his three predecessors after Ferguson's retirement, were unable to do - at least this far into a season.
United were briefly top in September 2017, while a season-opening win over Leicester City in August 2018 put the team in first place for one day in what proved to be a false position.
United have a three-point lead over Liverpool that could immediately be wiped out, with Solskjaer's side heading to Anfield on Sunday.
"We're ready, we're excited, we're hungry for it and it's a test of character and quality again," Solskjaer said.
"We're in a good position going in to it."
At the other end of standings, Sheffield United ended the longest winless start to a Premier League season.
After 18 league games and more than six months, The Blades finally have a victory.
A 1-0 win over 10-man Newcastle United was secured by substitute Billy Sharp's 73rd-minute penalty.
Last season, Chris Wilder's side were chasing a European spot but this term they are bottom and nine points from safety - but at least have a glimmer of hope of staying up now.
"It feels good, I'm delighted," Wilder said.
"We should have got more results, we know that, but the performance was good."
Meanwhile, Everton moved back into the top four and the final Champions League qualification spot with a 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Alex Iwobi put Everton ahead early before Ruben Neves equalised eight minutes later, however, Michael Keane headed home the winner 13 minutes from time for the Toffees.
Australian Associated Press