United got back to winning ways in the league away to Aston Villa on Sunday. It was the start of what should be a must win 12 points for United over the festive period as they play sides that are below them in the league until the meeting of Tottenham on New Years Day.

Danny Welbeck repaid the manager's faith in starting him upfront with a couple of goals. Tom Cleverely scored a goal that we've been crying out for him to score all throughout his career. If only he could do that on a more regular basis.
The immediate target for us in the league has got to be top 4 for now. We've spent a huge chuck of the season outside it and given the form of a lot of the sides in that top 4, we will drop off the pace in that respect as well if results are going to be as sporadic as they've been.

The Champions League draw pitted us against Olympiacos in the Round of 16. It has to be said that we couldn't have gotten an easier tie given the sides available. Everyone in our pot wanted Olympiacos so we can't complain much.
You do get the feeling though that the quarterfinal draw will really be a mouthwatering one.

United take on Stoke in the Capital One Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday. Cup competitions have become the most realistic prospects of a trophy for David Moyes. We've also had a number of fringe players that could do with another opportunity to please the boss before an inevitable clearout. The chances are there. Wednesday is another chance so you hope that they take it. There's still a good few sides unusually left in the competition at this stage. Stoke are therefore not the kind against whom it would be okay to be eliminated.

Priority though remains the league. Attention must already be on those three points against West Ham at the weekend.


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