Ole Gunnar and Rashford win Manager and player of the month award

Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Marcus Rashford won the manager of the month award for January.

Manchester United gained 10 points from potential 12 following wins against Newcastle United, Tottenham and Brighton and a draw with Burnley.

Rashford, 21, scored three goals in four league matches, including victory over Spurs and Brighton.

Under the interim manager, Solskjaer, who took over from the sacked Jose Mourinho on 19 December, United have closed the gap to the top four from 11 points to two.

According to Solsjaer, “We want to move up the table and this is the start of it,”

“The more you know the culture of the club, the culture of the players and the way that we have been successful, that has helped me.”

The 45-year-old became the first Norwegian player or manager to win a Premier League monthly award; he came ahead on vote against Burnley boss Sean Dyche and Southampton counterpart Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The winner is decided by the votes of the public and a panel of football experts.

Solskjaer praised his coaching team, adding: “You cannot be a good leader or a manager without good players, you can’t get results without the players, so ultimately it’s how they respond to what we tell them and they’ve been fantastic, so all credit to them.”

United will visit Fulham on Saturday (4:30 AM PT) before playing Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday and facing Chelsea in FA Cup fifth round on Monday, 18 February.

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