A tetchy trip to Anfield followed in the FA Cup, where all eyes were on Patrice Evra. The Frenchman was booed mercilessly by the Liverpool fans for his role in the October incident that led to Luis Suarez's eight-game ban, but the Reds captain conducted himself impeccably. Sadly, though, Evra ended up on the losing side, as a late Dirk Kuyt goal handed the home side victory and ended United's FA Cup run for another season.
By the time Stoke arrived at Old Trafford, Sir Alex was missing 11 players through injury. Ben Amos made his United debut in goal (and Paul Pogba enjoyed his first league outing off the bench) but was barely troubled as the Reds ran out 2-0 victors thanks to successful spot-kicks from Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov.
Goal of the month - Welbeck v Arsenal
Antonio Valencia played a key role in Danny’s late winner, swapping passes with Park before teeing up our no.19 for a thumping finish beyond Szczesny.
Player of the month - Paul Scholes
His about-turn even took Red team-mates by surprise, and the roars that greeted his outing at City and his goal against Bolton announced to the world that he was back with a bang. And as good as ever.
Quote of the month
“It’s one of the best pieces of news I’ve ever heard. We’re so lucky to have him” - Sir Bobby Charlton on Scholes' return