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Man United’s Solskjaer, Rashford win monthly PL awards

Marcus Rashford continued his impressive form for Man United as he remains at the top of Joe Prince-Wright’s Premier League player power rankings. Here’s the rest of the top five.

Manchester United is flying right now and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Marcus Rashford have been rewarded for their fine form.

They have been named the Premier League manager and player of the month for January.

Since Solskajer arrived as United’s caretaker manager they’ve won nine of their 10 games in all competitions and are unbeaten. Since Solskjaer’s arrival, Rashford has scored six goals in eight Premier League games and has been ripping opposition defenses apart.

Solskjaer becomes the first United boss to win the Manager of the Month award since Sir Alex Ferguson in Oct. 2012, and it is the first time a United player and manager have won the accolades in the same month since Jan. 2011 when Dimitar Berbatov and Fergie were honored.

Right now, Solskjaer has done everything he could do to stake his claim to get the United job on a permanent basis with wins against Tottenham in the league and Arsenal in the FA Cup the big highlights so far.

“You cannot be a good manager without good players, and they’ve been fantastic so far,” Solskjaer said. “It means we’ve been the team of the month, both the staff and the players, so we’ve done well. We want to be winning games, we want to move up the table and this is the start of it.”

United currently sit in fifth place and are outside the top four by just two points after a run of seven wins in their last eight PL games.

Rashford’s January saw him score the winner at Wembley against Tottenham, plus key goals in victories against Newcastle and Brighton. His finishing has improved drastically since Solskjaer arrived, and extra work on the training ground with the former United striker is clearly working wonders.

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