Carabao Cup semi-finalists and two points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool for Manchester United if they win their game in hand. Not bad at all for a club in crisis. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown on more than one occasion that he is capable of dealing with the pressure, something he still can’t seem to escape.
Yet as we head into the festive period, the United boss has steered his side into a commanding position to help forget the disappointment of their Champions League exit at the hands of RB Leipzig.
Crucially, much of this has actually been down to the invention and nous of Solskjaer, although he still won’t get the credit he deserves.
The introduction of his diamond midfield has proved to be a masterstroke in recent months and is helping get the best from the players at his disposal.
Last night on Merseyside, United finally got a taste of something they’ve been dreaming about since September.
Fernandes will always be the main man and that has been apparent ever since he arrived from Sporting in January.
He is the perfect player to place at the tip of the diamond and is a striker’s dream.
It’s the role that Pogba would love to play but the Frenchman has now firmly missed the boat.
While his long-term future may lie away from United, Solskjaer is clearly not willing to turn his back on the World Cup winner.
If the saga would have unfolded under the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary United boss would have made an example of the player and hammered home that no player is bigger than the club.
Yet Solskjaer has been willing to let Pogba focus on his football and now he is beginning to reap the rewards.
We are now witnessing the best of the former Juventus man and yet again, talk he cannot play with Fernandes now looks a thing of the past.
When Pogba let’s his football do the talking, you grow to realise just how good he really can be. Unfortunately for United, those days do not come around often enough.