Wayne Rooney has been voted Manchester United’s Player of the Month after the captain was influential during a undefeated December.
Despite two away draws in a row at Aston Villa and Tottenham, United won their four other games and continued to slowly close the gap at the top of the table.
The captain returned from suspension in November and carried on his good form into Christmas, scoring three goals and earning himself two assists as United closed 2014 out unbeaten.
The striker missed the opening game of the month against Stoke but returned against Southampton, setting up the winner for Robin van Persie, earning United their second away win of the season after Rooney had scored at Arsenal to secure the first.
Despite playing most of the month in midfield, Rooney popped up three times in positions Paul Scholes would have been proud of. Against Liverpool he slotted the ball home from the edge of the box before making two runs into the box against Newcastle which ended in goals.
Rooney then showed his true midfield qualities with a superb pass for van Persie which rounded off a convincing home win against the Magpies.
However, all things considered, it was a surprise to see Rooney nominated for the award ahead of Young and Carrick who were both superb in December.