By Andrew Cuff
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December review here…
United start their 2009 campaign still in all the competitions and with a unbeaten run in December one is left to wonder if United can handle the heavy month of January with an already congested fixture list.
United kick off their January campaign with a match against Southampton away in the third round of the FA Cup. United take on the struggling Championship club in a match which could prove the downfall of United. This match will be featured on Setanta Sports 1 at 4pm.
The same week United travel to Derby in the Carling Cup clash which is likely to be like a box full of fireworks with Ferguson likely to rest his big names ahead of the clash against Chelsea. Sky Sports shows this Wednesday night clash at Derby.
Sunday the 11th of January 2009 is the date to remember as Chelsea travel to Old Trafford as United gear up to regain some more points from the second placed giants. Chelsea lie 4 points ahead of United at the start of the month and a victory for United would most certainly sure up there position to chase Liverpool at the top of the table. A 4pm kick off again for us United supporters on Sky Sports again.
Mid month United carry on a relentless pace with a match against Wigan at home the Wednesday after Chelsea and then travelling to Bolton on the 17th of January in a double week of Premier League action. Wigan was a match rescheduled due to the World Club Cup in December and this would bring United back to a single game in hand.
United then return to the Carling Cup scene as they host Derby in the second leg. Tuesday 8pm kick off sees United tackling the Rams a mere 4 days before the fourth round matches in the FA Cup where United/Southampton will tackle Tottenham at home. This match relying on United beating Southampton on the 4th of January..
A trip to West Brom brings the busy month of January to a close as the Tuesday Premier League match bring a final whistle to the month of January. United can move up to third position with a total of 5 points required to overthrow Chelsea, with one match more than the current second placed team.
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