On The Ball: In strange season, Manchester United mount one of the oddest title challenges

For two decades, it was entirely normal. Whenever Manchester United were top of the table, it looked entirely natural. Now it feels a more surreal sight.

After all, Leicester City have been champions more recently than United. But now the fallen giants could go six points clear of Liverpool on Sunday (Jan 17). They might be propelled into the position of favourites. It would be a swift change in fortunes. If, as is often said, this is a strange season, this is one of the oddest title challenges.

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