January gongs for Fergie and Berba

BY foxsports • February 4, 2011

Manchester United pair Sir Alex Ferguson and Dimitar Berbatov have been named Barclays Manager and Player of the Month for January.

United have had a fantastic start to the year, winning four and drawing one of their five matches to extend their unbeaten 2010/11 campaign.

Ferguson is certainly no stranger to the award and wins it for an unprecedented 25th time in his distinguished career, after seeing his side pick up wins at home to Stoke and Birmingham and away at West Brom and Blackpool, as well as claiming a hard-fought point away against Tottenham.

Ferguson's United teams are renowned for building title-winning momentum after the turn of the year, and this season would appear to be no different after they took 13 points from a possible 15 to finish the month in charge.

Bulgarian marksman Berbatov, the leading scorer in the Premier League this season, immediately picked up where he left off in 2010 with five more goals in January to take his tally to 19.

He struck a stunning hat-trick as United eased past Birmingham 5-0 at Old Trafford, and then scored twice to help his side complete a trademark comeback to win 3-2 at Blackpool, having been 2-0 down at half time.

It is the first time that Berbatov has won the award as a United player, and the second time in his career after sharing the April 2007 Player of the Month award with former Tottenham strike partner Robbie Keane.

The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel that includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.


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