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January Review: Rashford, Pogba and Lindelof nominated for Player of the Month award

Manchester United played six matches in the Premier League and the Emirates FA Cup in January, winning five and drawing once. United scored 12 goals, conceded four goals, kept three clean sheets, won 10 Premier League points and won two FA Cup matches, earning a place in the fifth round of the competition. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still unbeaten in nine matches, matching both Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti in winning his first six league matches, bettering them by drawing his seventh – they both lost the seventh.

United have shown vast improvement under Solskjaer from the way they played under Jose Mourinho. The players are happy, the coaches are happy and the supporters are happy. February is a tough month for United but victories over Newcastle United (2-0), Reading (2-0), Tottenham Hotspur (1-0), Brighton and Hove Albion (2-1), Arsenal (3-1) and a draw against Burnley (2-2) has given the squad a good platform to head into February.

During January, United had eight different goal scorers and four players with assists; Marcus Rashford scored three goals, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba both scored twice, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, and Victor Lindelof all scored once. In terms of assists, Lukaku and Sanchez provided two each, with Pogba and Diogo Dalot with one each. David De Gea kept two clean sheets and Sergio Romero kept one.

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Marcus Rashford – six appearances, 411 minutes, three goals

Marcus Rashford is the only player to be nominated for Player of the Month that played in all six matches during January. He only played 411 of football but scored three goals. Rashford was named Man of the Match in the 2-0 victory over Newcastle United and the 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion – scoring a goal in each of those matches. It is fair to say that Solskjaer has helped improve Rashford in such a short time, putting himself out there to be the leading striker at the club at this stage of the season.

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Paul Pogba – five appearances, 450 minutes, two goals, one assist

Paul Pogba has continued his good form for the club, which started after Mourinho was sacked, playing five out of six matches, playing 450 minutes of football, scoring two goals (both penalties) and adding a further assist to his tally. The assist that he created was against Tottenham Hotspur of which Marcus Rashford scored, the only goal of the game. Pogba has shown his leadership abilities, more importantly, becoming that player we all knew he has the ingredients to become.

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Victor Lindelof – five appearances, 450 minutes, two clean sheets, one goal

Victor Lindelof has been in great form recently, getting better as each game is played. In January, the Swedish international played five out of the six matches, playing 450 minutes of football, helped to ensure United kept two clean sheets (in the matches he played) and scored one goal, his first in a United shirt, which was an important goal – the equaliser against Burnley after United came back from 2-0 down with three minutes and added time to be played. Lindelof was also named Man of the Match in the Burnley draw.

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Notable Mentions: Sergio Romero, David De Gea, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku

United had a good month in January, winning five of the six matches played, drawing just one, continuing the unbeaten run Solskjaer started when he took over from Mourinho. During January, although none of them has been nominated, De Gea kept two clean sheets and put in a great performance against Spurs, Romeo kept a clean sheet, playing twice and Lukaku scored twice and assisted twice with Sanchez scoring once and assisting twice.

Who is your Player of the Month for January 2019?

A look at what lies ahead in February

In February, United will play another six matches. United start the month away from home facing Leicester City (3/2) and will then take on Fulham away from home (9/2), both matches are in the Premier League. United’s first home game will come against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League (12/2). From there, United will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Emirates FA Cup before taking on Liverpool at Old Trafford (24/2). United end the month away from home against Crystal Palace (27/2).

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