The coronavirus pandemic has brought the Premier League season to a standstill and it remains to be seen whether the campaign will conclude.
Top-flight clubs met on Friday to discuss the next steps, six weeks after the last ball was kicked, but a restart date was not on the agenda.
As talks between the powers-that-be continue behind the scenes, we look at what would have happened in years gone by had the Premier League season ended after 29 games.
Even if the season had ended after both title contenders had played 29 matches, Blackburn still would have finished as champions and United runners-up.
However, fast forward a few months and the Magpies dramatically slipped to sixth in the table, missing out on European football the following campaign.
At the opposite end of the table, four teams faced the drop in 1994-95 and the bottom two remained unchanged in the latter part of the campaign.
Crystal Palace were the other side to go down, unable to change their position of 19th with 14 games of their season to play.
Queens Park Rangers were big climbers in the final quarter of the season, meanwhile, as they finished eighth after finding themselves 17th at the period in question.