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United cleared all the hurdles on way to the top

Manchester United are just one game short of the seasons half way mark yet the old, old theory which stood the test of time in the days of two points for a win surprisingly seems to be holding. Win at home, draw away and enough points are accumulated to win the title. It's certainly not what Sir Alex Ferguson aims for in this day and age when a draw is not much better than a defeat but if it means being top of the table, does anyone care?

This is a season like no other in recent years, just look at some of the results thus far and you will see why! So is an away point at St Andrews that difficult to take? Yes, a win was conceded with a last minute dubious equaliser but if  one point was guaranteed prior to the game I would have been happy to accept it. A difficult second half of the season lies ahead but as Ferguson rightly said last week “If  United still tops the table on January 5 we would have done well”  and United fans can only echo “Amen to that”

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15919c” src=”×187.jpg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”187″ />Just imagine if you were told at the beginning of August that Wayne Rooney will play in less than half the games by the end of the year and only hit the net once from a penalty, what if you knew that Antonio Valencia's horrible injury meant that he will not play a part except for the first two matches, that influential central defender Rio Ferdinand would miss the first six matches with injury and what if someone predicted the drama surrounding Rooney wanting to get away after publicly declaring that “the club does not match my ambition?”  Would you have happily accepted going into the new year top of the table with games in hand and still undefeated?

Yes, several points were frustratingly thrown away when they appeared to be secure but remember how many times United picked them up with late, late goals over the years. That's football, it has happened before and will happen again. Despite everything that has happened during the first half of the season, United are proudly sitting on top of the Premier League looking down upon all the pretenders.

So have a wonderful New Year and the very best 69th birthday wishes to Sir Alex – the man who makes it all possible.

Are you satisfied with the position United finds themselves in so far?

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