Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes has been named Premier League Player of the Month for December – breaking an English record in the process.
Fernandes becomes the first footballer in the English top flight to be named Player of the Month four times in a single calendar year. He also picked up the award in February, May and November.
The Portugal international has emerged as a key figure at Old Trafford ever since he joined from Sporting CP 12 months ago. His arrival has added class and creativity to the United midfield, and he has been central in their rise to the top of the Premier League this season.
His performances in December included an assist after coming on as a half-time substitute in the comeback 3-1 win over West Ham, two goals in the 6-2 thrashing of Leeds, and involvement in strikes against Leicester and Wolves.
Fernandes has been essential in United moving three points clear at the top of the Premier League – a lead they could extend when they play rivals, champions and current second-place side Liverpool on Sunday.
“Three goals and four assists was a complete month,” Fernandes told the Premier League website after receiving the award. “Scoring and assisting your team-mates is perfect. I want to achieve other trophies and awards but I’m really happy to make history.
“It’s a long way before we can start talking about being champions. We have to keep working. We play against one of the best teams in England and we know what it means to the fans, but the main point is the same: three points.”