On Sunday morning, the top three reads unfamiliarly: Tottenham, Chelsea, Leicester. The top eight even more so, with Southampton, Aston Villa, Everton and Crystal Palace all riding high.
There is a sense that almost everyone is taking time to get to grips with the new season: the lack of fans; the intensity of the fixture schedule; the inevitably regular injuries; the almost weekly shifts in VAR policy.
United have not yet found the form we showed in the spring, when goals and wins came easily; when we raced up the table to claw our way to a third-place finish, against the odds.
But Ole’s men have now won consecutive games for the first time this term. A win against Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday will make it three in a row, and keep Solskjaer’s side on top of the Champions League group. The one that was being hyped as ‘a group of death’ before United went to Paris and won, and then followed it up by battering last season’s semi-finalists RB Leipzig 5-0.