"Itâ€™s generally a good month for us,â€ť Sir Alex says in the new issue of Inside United, out 5 December. â€śWe usually get ourselves to the New Year in a challenging position, and thatâ€™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, thereâ€™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 weâ€™ve got Sunderland, Reading, Swansea, West Brom â€“ weâ€™ve got a reasonable programme, so we should be expected to gather some points there.â€ť