Ecstatic scenes today in Manchester as 'Fred The Red' Macheda, with back to goal, took one touch before curling a sublime right footed shot beyond the grasp of a desperate Brad Friedel and ever onward into the net, sealing a 3-2 victory for Manchester United in a hard fought contest.
Often, Villa looked the better side, but they were eventually ground down by a determined Manchester United.
Young Macheda, an Italian, (did we mention that) came on as a late sub, making his first team debut, and upon securing the winner, ran to embrace his father and other family members in the crowd down by the OT tunnel.
Sir Alex Ferguson appeared pleased by the team's performance, coming on the back of two crushing defeats, and declared the title race 'Game On'.
This correspondent smoked about seventy eight cigarettes, and polished off eight cans of Belgium's finest through the match, but had to be substituted twice with soiled underwear.
But it was worth taking half a day's holiday to see the only proper reds return to their rightful place at the top of the table.
One of these days this team really is going to give this correspondent a coronary.
More as we get it.