Bruno Fernandes won his first Premier League Player of the Month after a superb start to life at Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was nominated for the manager award, but has missed out to Burnley’s Sean Dyche.
While not wishing to diminish the way Dyche has got Burnley playing, it feels a little harsh for Solskjaer to miss out.
The award is granted for and only for the month of February in the Premier League.
This run of fixtures saw United play three fixtures, and win two.
United’s first match was a 0-0 draw at home to Wolves, before a 2-0 win at Chelsea and 3-0 victory against Watford.
Burnley played four games, beating Southampton 2-1 and Bournemouth 3-0, in addition to drawing 0-0 with Newcastle and 0-0 with Arsenal.
Burnley therefore amassed 10 points in February, while United managed nine.
At the same time, United had a higher win rate of 66.6 per cent, while Burnley’s was 50 per cent.
United also kept clean sheets in every match and scored an average of 1.6 goals per game, while Burnley conceded two and netted an average of 1.25 per match.
By quirk of fixture scheduling, United played on March 1, which is why the team featured for three games instead of four. The 1-1 draw at Everton would have levelled Burnley’s 10 points from the four games they played.
From a wider perspective, Solskjaer achieved his results with United while also winning matches in the FA Cup and Europa League. Burnley had no cup fixtures.
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