forced to settle for a point at home to Benfica which put us in a somewhat precarious position in Group C... and, as we would find out in December, proved very costly.
The month ended on a low note when a battling Crystal Palace side pulled off a shock extra-time win in the Carling Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford to knock United out of the competition, while the Reds' disappointment was further compounded by nasty injuries to Fabio, Rafael and Dimitar Berbatov.
Goal of the month - Hernandez v Swansea
Not a vintage month, but we’ll go for this deft finish. Giggsy intercepted a poor Angel Rangel pass, drove into the area and squared it for Chicharito, who conjured a clever first-time finish at the near post, lifting the ball over Vorm as he came out to smother.
Player of the month - David De Gea
Kept two clean sheets in his four games and made several top-class saves. Denied Scott Sinclair to preserve the win at Swansea, while a superb reaction stop from Newcastle’s Fabio Coloccini was described by Alan Pardew as “absolutely unbelievable”.
Quote of the month
“Alan Pardew said Newcastle were the better team in the first half – I don’t know what game he was at! To not get three points was a travesty.” - Sir Alex Ferguson.