phenomenal, I thought."
The late winner means United are now guaranteed to be top not only at the end of the next game against West Brom - on Saturday, the eve of Sir Alex's 71st birthday - but also when the Wigan away match is concluded on New Year's Day.
"It's a really significant result for us. It puts in a good position. As I always say of December, it's a month that tells you everything," added the boss. "And when we come to the end of the Wigan game on 1 January, we'll still be top of the league."