20.8.12 - Everton 1-0 Man United
United's title charge began in inauspicious circumstances with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of an inspired Everton back in August. It was United's first opening day defeat since a reversal at Chelsea in 2003, but the previous two times they had lost on the opening weekend of the Premier League season - in 1992 and 1995 - they proceeded to win the title.
2.9.12 - Southampton 2-3 Man United
Summer signing Robin van Persie provided the first tantalising glimpse of the impact he would make at Old Trafford by scoring a 93rd minute header to complete his hat-trick and rescue all three points. United had twice come from behind to secure victory in a pulsating game at St. Mary's, and the Dutchman, who also missed a second-half penalty with his side 2-1 down, had equalised from close range in the 87th minute, before his match winning stoppage time intervention.
28.10.12 - Chelsea 2-3 Man United
Manchester United closed the gap on league leaders Chelsea to one point with a dramatic victory at Stamford Bridge. Ferguson's men had raced into a two-goal lead in the opening 12 minutes through a David Luiz own goal and Robin van Persie. Chelsea hit back through Juan Mata on the stroke of half-time before Ramires levelled eight minutes after the restart. However, momentum swung towards United in a mad-cap 12 minute spell as Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres were sent off, before substitute Javier Hernandez scored the winning goal from an offside position.
10.11.12 - Aston Villa 2-3 Man United
Two goals down at Villa Park with 50 minutes played, United responded with a rousing three-goal comeback to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League. An Andreas Weimann brace had put the league leaders in the lurch, before substitute Javier Hernandez responded with a double of his own, sandwiched either side of a Ron Vlaar own goal.
17.11.12 - Norwich 1-0 Man United
United were replaced at the top of the table by rivals Manchester City, following a dispiriting defeat to Norwich at Carrow Road. Anthony Pilkington flicked home a header after an hour to consign Ferguson and his side to their third defeat of the season. It proved, however, to be the last time United squandered their place at the top of the tree this season, as they embarked upon an 18-game unbeaten streak that stretched into April.
1.12.12 - Reading 3-4 Man United
United prevailed 4-3 after an extraordinary game at the Madejski Stadium witnessed seven first-half goals for just the third time in Premier League history. Ferguson's side recovered from going 1-0 down after eight minutes, going 2-1 up eight minutes later, before finding themselves 3-2 down on 23 minutes. Victory, and the goal scoring, was completed in the 34th minute courtesy of Robin van Persie.
9.12.12 - Man City 2-3 Man United
Robin van Persie scored his second injury-time winner of the season to open up a six point gap over champions and rivals Manchester City. Two first-half goals from Wayne Rooney had put United firmly in control of a fiery encounter, before City hit back in the second half through Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta. The last, decisive word, however, fell to Van Persie, who notched his 14th goal of the season at the expense of the team who had tried to sign him before his move to Old Trafford.
26.12.12 - Man United 4-3 Newcastle
Once again United recovered points from a trailing position, this time sealing a last minute victory after going behind three times to a struggling Newcastle. A 90th minute winner from Javier Hernandez, his third late goal of the season, extended United's lead at the top to seven points after Manchester City's defeat at Sunderland.
20.1.13 - Tottenham 1-1 Man United
Sir Alex Ferguson was left to rue a last-gasp equaliser from Clint Dempsey, as his side drew just their second game of the league season at White Hart Lane. Robin van Persie's 18th league goal of the season looked to have secured the points for United, until Dempsey struck with Tottenham's 25th and final shot of the game. However the league leaders responded to the setback by achieving maximum points from their next seven league games.
10.2.13 - Man United 2-0 Everton
Barely 24 hours after Manchester City's 3-1 defeat at Southampton, United opened up a 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 win against Everton, courtesy of first half goals from Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie to turn the title race into a procession.
22.4.13 - Man United 3 - 0 Aston Villa
With four games to spare, the title was sown up against Aston Villa with a 3 - 0 victory at Old Trafford with Robin van Persie scoring a tremendous first-half hatrick