Manchester United can overtake Arsenal by the New Year

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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has set a target for the Red Devils to be top of the Premier League by the New Year

If David Moyes' side had been beaten by league leaders Arsenal yesterday, then the Old Trafford outfit would have been 11 points adrift of the pace. 

However led by man-of-the-match Rooney, United finished the day just five points behind the Gunners and creeping up the table. 

But is it now a realistic target for United to be top by the start of the new year? 

Let's say Chelsea continue to stutter under Mourinho and Saints' charge starts to slow down and United are left chasing Arsene Wenger's side for top spot in England's elite division.

Well, if United are going to reach the top of the league, they are going to need to put a winning run together, but is it achievable?

Let's take a look at their fixtures up until the end of December. 

Manchester United remaining Premier League fixture of 2013: 

Cardiff (A), Tottenham (A), Everton (H), Newcastle (H), Aston Villa (A), West Ham (H), Hull City (A), Norwich (A).

Arguably their next three fixtures will be their toughest. Travelling to Cardiff won't be easy - just ask Manchester City. Then a tricky away game to Champions League hopefuls Tottenham will be followed with David Moyes welcoming his former club to his new home. 

But, after United's win against Arsenal, momentum is starting to build around the Theatre of Dreams and if United can come through those fixtures with seven points, then they will set themselves up nicely for an easier run of fixtures. 

If United are in full flow then they will be confident they can see of the likes of Newcastle, Aston Villa, West Ham, Hull and Norwich. 

Arguably, Moyes can lead United to 22 points out of the next 24 available. 

Arsenal remaining Premier League fixture of 2013:

Southampton (H), Cardiff (A), Hull (H), Everton (H), Manchester City (A), Chelsea (H), West Ham (A) Newcastle (A)

Arsenal actually face some very similar matches to Manchester United. The Gunners will play Premier League new-boys Cardiff City and Hull City as-well as Everton, West Ham and Newcastle. 

However as United's other three other fixtures read: Tottenham, Norwich and Aston Villa, Arsene Wenger's side take on high flying Southampton, Manchester City and Chelsea. 

And with the Gunners' poor record against the top teams, they may well struggle to beat their rivals in the division. 

And before they know it, they could drop down the table and leave the path open for Moyes' champions to return to the very top. 

Of course, things will have to go very right for United and Moyes over the next month and a half, but if things turn sour at the Emirates then don't be surprised if United are back fighting for the No.1 place yet again. 

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