Manchester United are on an outstanding seven-match unbeaten run in the English Premier League at the moment, and Louis Van Gaal's men will look to extend that to eight when they host Newcastle on Boxing Day in the English Premier League.
The festive fixtures are firmly upon us now, and with all clubs set for another round of fixtures on Sunday, momentum will be key to ensure everything does not go pear-shaped in the next week or so.
Having won six games in a row, a run which helped them to third in the table, Manchester United saw their winning run come to an end against Aston Villa on Saturday, with Paul Lambert's men holding them to a 1-1 draw.
Louis Van Gaal was not too pleased with that result, and he will expect a better all-round performance from his vastly-improved Manchester United team when they take on Newcastle in the traditional Boxing Day clash.
Van Gaal firmly believes that this Manchester United side, in his first season as manager, are capable of going all the way by overhauling the ten-point difference from leaders Chelsea to win the Premier League title.
"The best achievement is to be champions because our goal is still to be champions at the end of the season, that's also the best result," said Van Gaal. "We are looking in a football world where No.1 is the most important thing.
"Our goal is to be first. But it's not always so easy, you can see that. That's why the board have said that our goal is within the first four places. But with my players and all the staff, we are trying to achieve more than they expect from us."
To do that three points against Newcastle will be paramount, something that will be far from easy, even if Alan Pardew's men have suffered two straight defeats in the Premier League.
After a bright run, Newcastle saw their momentum halted considerably by Arsenal and rivals Sunderland, and Pardew will know three losses in a row could lead the team down a road they do not want to tread.
"Against the top teams we have done well, we're ninth in the division and we're not far away from the top," Pardew said.
"If we get a win today it's then Everton and Burnley at home and it could put us in a great position. So it's all to play for. I do think this team is stable, it's a strong middle-of-the-Premier League team and we need to be better than that if we can."
Where to Watch Live
The match is scheduled for a 3 pm GMT (8.30 pm IST, 10 am ET) start with Live coverage in India will be on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD2. The EPL match can also be watched via live streaming online by viewers in India on StarSports.com.
Live coverage on TV in the UK will be on BT Sport 1, while viewers can also live stream the action on Watch BT Sport and BT Sport Online Player. Watch the game live in the US on NBC Sports, while the 90 minutes of action can also be live streamed online on NBC Sports Extra.
Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match on Bein Sports Arabia or via Live Streaming online courtesy Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport or SuperSport online.
Expected lineups: Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Evans, Young; Mata, Fletcher, Rooney; Van Persie, Falcao.
Newcastle: Alnwick; Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Dummett; Anita, Colback, Sissoko; Gouffran, Perez, Cabella.