It is eight years since Manchester United sat at the top of the Premier League at this stage of the season and while manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is steering clear of euphoria, there is clearly a sense that he has turned the corner with his team.
Eight rounds into a Premier League season is usually a sufficient period for the big guns to start gathering near the top of the table and for the surprise early pace-setters to be on their inevitable slide.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it is "necessity" for clubs to have five substitutes per match in the Premier League, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola labeled the current three sub limit a "disaster."
Liverpool became the first reigning English champion to concede seven goals in a league match since 1953 and Manchester United was thrashed 6-1 as inquests started after a humiliating day for England's two most successful clubs.
Leeds United has waited 16 long years to return to the Premier League and Marcelo Bielsa's side will get a very clear reminder of what it is now up against when it faces champion Liverpool at Anfield in Saturday's season opener.
Sporting venues in England are unlikely to get the green light to fill to capacity this year and the entire 2020-21 Premier League season could be played in front of reduced crowds, a senior British government adviser said.
English Premier League players will pay tribute to worldwide anti-racism movements by wearing shirts with the words “Black Lives Matter” on the back during the opening round of fixtures at the season’s restart, British media reported on Thursday.