The Manchester United player maker Bruno Fernandes became the first footballer in the English top flight to be named Player of the Month four times in a single calendar year. He also picked up the award in February, May and November.
The Portuguese sensation became the first man this season to win Premier League Player of the Month back-to-back, after Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min picked up the awards for September and October respectively.
Fernandes has been instrumental to United’s rise to the premier league summit this season, since he joined from Sporting CP a year ago.
His performances in December included an assist after coming on as a half-time substitute in the comeback 3-1 win over West Ham, two goals in the 6-2 thrashing of Leeds, and involvement in strikes against Leicester and Wolves.
“Three goals and four assists was a complete month,” Fernandes told the Premier League website after receiving the award. “Scoring and assisting your team-mates is perfect. I want to achieve other trophies and awards but I’m really happy to make history.
“It’s a long way before we can start talking about being champions. We have to keep working. We play against one of the best teams in England and we know what it means to the fans, but the main point is the same: three points.”
Fernandes came top of an eight-man shortlist which included his Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and Manchester City defender John Stones.