because suddenly the Reds believe a comeback is possible and pour forward. City exploit the gaps in ruthless fashion, with Edin Dzeko bagging two and David Silva crowning a masterful display with one of his own.
After that humbling experience, it was important to remember that whatever the score, in the context of the league it was just one defeat. The tonic came in the most unlikeliest of places: Aldershot, where the Carling Cup run continued in fine form thanks to goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia.
A 1-0 win at Goodison Park - always a tough place to go - wrapped up the month. Chicharito netted the all-important goal, while a clean sheet marshalled by the returning Nemanja Vidic helped heal the defensive wounds. United remained in sight of the leaders.
Goal of the month - Darren Fletcher vs City
A sweet strike into the top corner that would have been memorable in any derby, except this one.
Player of the month - Javier Hernandez
Not the most glorious of months for anyone in Red, but Chicharito’s goals pinched a point at Anfield and all three at Everton, so his case for being most influential is persuasive.
Quote of the month
“It was our worst-ever day. Even as a player I don’t think I ever lost 6-1… [But] we’ll come back. By January we’ll be okay.” - Sir Alex Ferguson