January saw Manchester United pick up 10 from a possible 12 Premier League points including an always enjoyable victory over Liverpool and a well earnt point away to Spurs.
United also progressed the 5th Round of the FA Cup after getting past Premier League sides West Ham and Fulham.
There was some brilliant football on display throughout the month, so much so that this month’s poll will include 10 GIF moments for you to choose from (Split over 2 posts to not slow down page load times)
Manchester United took full advantage of rival Citys’ dropped points with a hard working 3 points against a spirited and lively Southampton side.
United made their customary start it woul seem this season by allowing the opposition a 1 goal lead, even handing it to them on a plate as a poor back pass allowed the Saints to score within 2 minutes. The Reds didn’t waste much time to level thanks to a superb pass from Shinji Kagawa and a calm Rooney finish. Rooney scored again thanks to a brilliant assist by Patrice Evra and went into the 2nd half looking to kill off the game. The 3rd goal never came and Southampton to their full credit pushed for an equaliser that United managed to avoid.
“Champions win games when playing badly” Yup, it was one of those.
Still, there were plenty of United highlights, here are my GIFs of the game…
Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1. Beautiful result to seal a double over Liverpool this season and keep their 7 point lead at the top of the Premier League intact.
United recalled Danny Welbeck to the starting line up, a decision that paid off as he was named MOTM by Sky’s Gary Neville.
The Reds domianted the first half with the very promising midfield trio of Carrick, Cleverley and Kagawa playing some neat football, liking well with Welbeck and Van Persie to create enough chances to have the home crowd wondering how it was only 1-0 at HT.
A second did come, and despite Liverpool having the better of the 2nd half, United’s defence, leaky this season, held firm to see the Reds home.
Manchester United completed their busy festive period with a 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic to maintain their 7 point lead at the top of the table.
United, on the back of their clean sheet victory over West Brom, started the game professionally looking to stay tight and not concede the first goal as they have many times this season. When the time was right, they up their game and scored 2 quick goals before half time to put themselves in full control. 2 further goals followed as well as a much welcome successive clean sheet.
There were plenty of moments to enjoy, and this could well be my busiest post. Here are my top 5 GIF moments from the game…
Manchester United will go into the new year 7 points clear at the top of the table as they beat West Bromich Albion 2-0 at Old Trafford to end 2012 in a positive mood.
United rested Robin van Persie and with Wayne Rooney out injured gave Danny Welbeck the chance to start as well as the return of Japanese playmaker, Shinji Kagawa.
The Reds dominated the first half but only had one goal to show it for it. This gave WBA encouragement as they started to press for an equaliser. United’s leaky defence held strong, with the returning Nemanja Vidic, alongside Jonny Evans looking like his former self.
United capped the game, and the year in stunning fashion with a late second goal.
Man United produced some brilliant moments during September (Vote HERE for your favourite) as well as scoring some brilliant goals.
Here are my Top 5 GIF Goals from September for you to relive and enjoy again.
5. Nick Powell v Wigan
His first goal for United on his competitive debut at Old Trafford, the stuff of dreams, and a brilliant strike to boot. KAPOW-ELL.
4. Anderson v Newcastle
Anderson opened the scoring in this cup tie with a screamer. He showed great strength to hold of a challenge before driving at the Newcastle box and unleashing a rocket that went in off the post.
3. Robin van Persie (3rd) v Southampton
It could easily have been his first, which displayed great movement and deadly finishing, but ive gone with the injury time winner to complete a brilliant comeback from 2-1 down. Its also a stunning header, great run and then twisting his head to power a header home.
2. Shinji Kagawa v Spurs
Kagawa scored the 3rd of 3 goals in a few minutes during a period of madness at Old Trafford to get United back into the game, and it was a brilliant one too. Nice play and ball by Van Persie finds Kagawa who produces a brilliant turn and rolls the ball into the far corner.
1. Rafael da Silva v Liverpool
Rafael increased his popularity amongst United fans by scoring this stunning goal v Liverpool at Anfield. The chest pass by Kagawa was classy, the first time finish into the top corner by Rafael was stunning.
United suffered their 2nd loss of the season as Spurs finally broke their Old Trafford hoodoo and won 3-2 in a pulsating game.
Spurs dominated a very poor Man Utd performance in the first half and deservedly went into the break 2-0 up.
United changed tactics in the 2nd half and introduced Wayne Rooney which instantly upped their game as United got back into the it. Sloppy play saw Spurs restore a 2 goal cushion before less than minute later United made it 3-2.
Despite all the possession (Spurs made only 35 passes in the 2nd half) and a host of chances, United did not find the equaliser and will travel to Newcastle next week in need of a bounce back performance.
Manchester United kicked off their Champions League campaign with a hard working 1-0 win over a very good Galatasaray side. In an open game there was plenty of action and chances, but the game was won early thanks to a wonderful Michael Carrick goal.
After their struggles in Europe last season, Man Utd will be pleased to start with a clean sheet and 3 points.