It would be fair to say that 2012 has been a mixed year for Manchester United.
Triumph turned into heartbreak in the blink of an eye on the final day of the 2011/12 Premier League season, with the club pipped to the domestic trophy by its own city rivals.
In some ways, this term has started far more convincingly than the last one ended, with the Red Devils currently sitting atop the table.
With December winding down, now is as good a time as any to reflect upon the previous 12 months, and to dish out plenty of praise where praise is due.
Here are United's most improved players in 2012, based on their progression and increasing importance to the team.