Sir Alex Ferguson can spend his 71st birthday peering down on the rest, with many pundits already declaring it is United's title to lose.
"From the manager's experience and the players who have been here a long time, we know Christmas is the time to get down to business," said the 39-year-old.
"If we are there or thereabouts in January and then go on a run of winning 10 or 12 games it is going to give us a great chance.
"There can be no mistakes. But usually when the stakes are high and the concentration is there, good players produce the goods."