Sir Alex Ferguson in search of some festive cheer

by Adam Inn

Sir Alex Ferguson says he cannot wait for our December fixtures to get underway as we prepare to face what could be the toughest month of the season.

Despite currently sitting top of the Premier League standings, United have looked somewhat shaky in recent weeks with some inconsistent results and scores. That inconsistency is largely down to a brittle defence considering we have conceded 12 goals in our last eight league outings.

Sir Alex said: “It’s generally a good month for us. We usually get ourselves to the New Year in a challenging position, and that’s where you want to be.

“When you have the second half of the season in front of you, you know full well that pressure can affect everyone, there’s no question about that. We tend to do not too badly.

“The start of the month, with City away, is a hard one, but then we’ve got Sunderland, Reading, Swansea, West Brom, so we should be expected to gather some points there.”

The fragility was most apparent at the weekend, where we twice had to come from behind to win 4-3 at struggling Reading and our leaking defence was yet again exposed from set pieces. Ferguson will be looking for a lot better from his team this coming Sunday, as we prepare to take on Manchester City.

With United already through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, Ferguson rested a lot of the first team players for last nights visit of CFR Cluj and gave the likes of Scott Wootton, Nick Powell and Alexander Buttner rare starts. Despite that, we still had a lot of talent on the pitch and should have avoided the dour 1-0 loss that is far from what we needed ahead of Sunday.

After facing Manchester City, United face Sunderland, Swansea, Newcastle and West Brom, with many Premier League predictions tipping United to drop further points before the end of the year. Despite what looks like a tricky run of games in December, Ferguson remains optimistic and will be hoping that the traditional improvement of form in United comes in what will be a very busy festive period.

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