The players are beginning to adapt and buy into LVG's philosophy but December was a key month: difficult away games at fellow top six sides Southampton and Spurs and a home match against fierce rivals Liverpool.
The Reds started the hectic festive schedule at home though, as Mark Hughes brought his compact and resilient Stoke side to Old Trafford.
United were missing the injured Angel Di Maria and Wayne Rooney, but goals from the rejuvenated Marouane Fellaini and a second from Juan Mata give United a hard fought 2-1 win.
A Monday night trip to the south coast to face surprise high flyers Southampton proved every bit as tough as it had looked: Saints are dominant and should win the game but United are resilient and snatch a smash and grab win thanks to two Robin van Persie goals to move up to third in the table.
December 14th, United 3-0 Liverpool: Juan Mata, RVP and Rooney score as United comfortably beat the out of form Merseysiders for a sixth consecutive victory and stay third in the table (eight points behind leaders Chelsea).
United end the month with two away draws (1-1 at Villa, Falcao cancelling out a Benteke goal, and 0-0 at Spurs) but whilst our form on the road is still unconvincing, we are looking strong at home and dispatch Newcastle 3-1 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day- Rooney scores a brace and Van Persie gets the other against Alan Pardew's Magpies.
The Reds are now unbeaten in nine and end the month in third place.
Rooney and Van Persie remain locked together at the top of the goalscoring charts after a prolific month (eight each).
December: Played 6 Won 4 Drawn 2 Goals For 11 Goals Against 4
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