The absence of legend Sergio Aguero was barely noticed as Manchester City went on a goalscoring spree at Burnley.
It was reminiscent of Fergie time of old as Manchester United came back from the dead to snatch a last-gasp draw at home to Burnley.
Manchester City’s blip in December, when they lost three Premier League games during a miserable month, seems a distant memory and hard to believe in the wake of recent exploits.
MAN CITY 5, BURNLEY 0
Manchester City swept past Burnley to strengthen their position at the top of the Premier League.
MAN UNITED 2, BURNLEY 2
Misfiring Manchester United lost further ground in the Premier League title race after being held at home by Burnley.
But it would have been worse but for super-sub Jesse Lingard who scored twice as the Reds snatched a point having been 2-0 down at half time.
Lingard struck his third brace of the campaign, the equaliser netted in stoppage time as United staved off a first home Boxing Day defeat in 39 years.
And it left the Clarets crestfallen as they came agonisingly close to winning at Old Trafford for the first time since 1962.