wasn't worse after Nani's solo strike was cancelled out by Peter Crouch's header.
The month ended in bizarre fashion, though, as the Reds required a last-minute equaliser to rescue a point in Europe after earlier going 2-0 up against FC Basel. Carelessness after the break gifted three goals to the Swiss side before Ashley Young nodded in at the death to spare further embarrassment.
Goal of the month - Nani v Chelsea
Nani’s venomous strike left Petr Cech clawing at thin air. The winger collected a long pass from Jonny Evans, advanced and unleashed a thunderbolt.
Player of the month - Nani
The wonder winger was in top form in all three of September’s league games. Nani scored against Chelsea and a solo effort against Stoke City gave further evidence of his confidence. He was a menace at Bolton too, setting up two of the goals.
Quote of the month
“I was pleased with the performance from the lads – they battled really hard and played like real champions.” Sir Alex, after the draw at Stoke.