MANCHESTER United boss Louis van Gaal says his team is in a good position to challenge for the English Premier League crown after going top of the ladder with a 3-0 win over Sunderland.
United was in 13th spot at the same stage last campaign, but after seeing his team take advantage of Manchester City's 4-1 defeat at Tottenham, van Gaal was a happy man.
"Last year we had the feeling we could not win the league," he said. "This year it is a big difference because you can start better from the top than the bottom."
Wayne Rooney (pictured) ended his 1000-minute EPL goal drought with United's second goal after Memphis Depay's opener. Juan Mata added a third in injury time.
City lost for the second week running, this time at White Hart Lane where Harry Kane opened his account for the season with Spurs' third goal.
Tottenham moved up to fifth, one place behind North London rival Arsenal which bounced back from defeat at Chelsea last week to thump previously unbeaten Leicester City 5-2.
Alexis Sanchez became the first player to score a hat-trick in the EPL, La Liga in Spain and Italy's Serie A.
Champion Chelsea struggled again, this time snatching a 2-2 draw at Newcastle after being 2-0 down with just over 10 minutes left.
Liverpool beat Aston Villa 3-2 to ease the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers while Southampton easily overcame Swansea City 3-1.
Stoke beat Bournemouth 2-1 while West Ham and Norwich drew 2-2.
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