January 2016 was another mixed month for Manchester United, featuring four wins, a draw and a loss.
On first glance that does not look too bad, but two of those wins were against lower-league opposition in the FA Cup—one of which was settled thanks to an injury-time penalty. Additionally, the draw came as a result of some chaotic and poorly organised defending, and the loss was a frustrating mess of a game.
Of course, the month also featured a win at Anfield—always special for United fans—and ended on a high. United's final January opponents may have been a Championship side in a run of dismal form, but nonetheless, the Red Devils' attacking display made the 3-1 win over Derby County a lot of fun to watch.
In truth, picking five standout performers was once again a real challenge, and No. 5 in particular is a definite least worst pick. The top end of the list was considerably easier to pick for reasons that will become clear.
David De Gea is probably the only player in contention who missed out, but he only had one particularly good game—against Liverpool. The rest of the time, he has either been relatively undisturbed or, in the 3-3 draw against Newcastle United in particular, not quite at his brilliant best.
Let's take a look at the players who did make the list.