October 2012 was a good month to be a Manchester United fan as the team finally began hitting its stride.
In the first two months of the season, United often played listless and unconvincing football. Add to that an injury-ravaged defence and the absence of the club's talisman, Wayne Rooney. This whole mix gave United fans reasons to worry as they barely sneaked past opponents like Fulham, Galatasaray and Southampton.
The month of September ended particularly badly as United lost at home to Tottenham for the first time since 1989. Despite the team's formidable attacking prowess, it seemed like the defensive side of the game would cost United chances of silverware this season.
However, October turned out to be much more productive. The team improved its form and restored a renewed sense of hope among the United faithful.
In the six matches that United played this month, they won five. Two of these were Champions League games against Cluj and Braga. The other three were Premier League games against Newcastle, Stoke and Chelsea. United's second string rounded off the month with a thrilling but ultimately disappointing 5-4 loss to Chelsea in extra-time.
Most of the games were great spectacles filled with goals and attacking football. The six games saw Manchester United score a total of 19 goals. They also conceded 12 goals in the same period.
Here is a look at six players who made the past month so exciting for Manchester United. Each of these players have a claim at being the Manchester United Player of the Month for October 2012.