Former United striker Andy Cole believes the ability to come on strong in the second half of the season is in the Reds' DNA.
The ex-England international agrees with Sir Alex's assessment that, if the champions are at least within touching distance of the top of the table come January, then United will be well positioned to retain the Barclays Premier League crown.
City's defeat at Chelsea means the Etihad Stadium outfit are now only two points clear at the summit with the fixtures coming thick and fast over the busy festive period. Cole feels history has a habit of repeating itself and is not worried that United currently sit in second place in the table.
Speaking in his Ambassador's Column for United Review, the shock 1995 signing from Newcastle admitted: "I always look at December and January as being key months in the season. Easter time is always a period I remember as being a huge part of the campaign as well but, if you can get the right results in December and January, it sets you up for the rest of the season.
"It is important to be in good form at the right time and the time to do that is always in the second half of the campaign. There's no point running away with it now. Just look at what happened to Newcastle in 1995/96 - they were 12 points ahead
Season, Position after 19 games, Position at end of the season.
06/07 1st / 1st
07/08 2nd / 1st
08/09 2nd / 1st
09/10 2nd / 2nd
10/11 1st / 1st