December saw United pick up 16 from a possible 18 points in the League with their only dropped points coming in a tough away visit to Swansea City where they drew 1-1. They negotiated the busy festive period brilliantly and headed into the New Year with a 7 point lead at the top of the table.
There have been a few stand out performers in this time, Jonny Evans has seen his stock rise to first choice CB, Michael Carrick is starting to get the plaudits he deserves and Javier Hernandez has found goals, but for me their is one clear winner.
My December Player of the Month is Robin van Persie.
A truly world class player at the top of his game and helping guide United to their current league position with his goals, all round play and attitude.
Here are his Top 5 GIF Moments to feature on the site in December…
1. Winner versus Manchester City
Big players produce in the big games at the biggest moments. There will not be many bigger than a last minute winner to beat your nearest title rivals to end their long unbeaten home streak.
2. Skill pass v Sunderland
After some brilliant United football, Robin van Persie pulls off a exquisite pass. On the turn he uses the inside of the boot to gently manipulate the ball into the run of Wayne Rooney.
You can vote for this moment in the December Moment of the Month Poll.
3. Assist for Wayne Rooney v Sunderland
“I would like to make more assists than I have. It is not only about goals.” said Van Persie back in October. Amongst the top scorers across Europe’s top 5 Leagues he has the most assists and this one was stunning.
Looking second favourite to get on the end of Young’s pass he not only gets there but makes the 2 defenders looks stupid with one beautiful touch before squaring for Rooney to tap home.
4. Volley attempt v Swansea
Whilst there are plenty of other skill moments, passes and goals I could include, I’ve gone for this attempt at goal. It demonstrates to me the pure class of Robin van Persie and how he is capable of producing moments of brilliance like few others.
The technique to not only get a shot away, but one that takes the keeper out of the equation and is only stopped a sure Goal of the Season by the crossbar, is out of this world. Last replay is glorious.
5. Goal v West Brom
How to make the brilliant look easy. Van Persie picks the ball up wide , moves infield to work a shooting chance and then bends the ball with a fierce left footed strike into the top corner.
Its been a pure joy to watch Van Persie since his move and he has been a constant source of brilliance to feature on this site since. Here is to plenty more in 2013 Robin.