"What this tells you about is the courage of our team. Fantastic courage. The players never gave in. We improved our game enormously, which we had to do," said Fergie.
Delighted by the result, Ferguson now believes that his team has broken the back of the challenge posed by the holiday fixture programme.
"It's a really significant result for us. It puts us in a good position. As I always say of December, it's a month that tells you everything," added the boss.
"And when we come to the end of the Wigan game on 1 January, we'll still be top of the league."
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