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Player of the Month short-list:
Jonny Evans
Rio Ferdinand
Wayne Rooney
Ashley Young

Vote at www.manutd.com/polls
28/03/2012 11:05, Report by Adam Marshall
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Poll: Player of the Month

The Reds posted a 100 percent record in the Barclays Premier League in March, winning all four matches and only conceding one goal, a late consolation by Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, in the process.

Although the Europa League was less enjoyable, with Athletic Club winning both legs, everybody can be well pleased with the month's work but we've narrowed the list of candidates for our top man down to four.

It's an all-British short-list and you can cast your vote at www.manutd.com/polls.

Jonny Evans
A candidate for the second consecutive month after a string of fine performances at the heart of the defence. Of course, the centre-back scored his long-awaited first goal for the club in the 5-0 demolition of Wolves and also provided an intelligent assist for Wayne Rooney against Fulham. In the form of his life, the Northern Ireland international is earning praise from all quarters but particularly from his proud manager Sir Alex.

Rio Ferdinand
Little wonder there's newspaper talk of a new contract after some vintage displays by the 33-year-old at the back. The veteran sat out the home leg against Athletic Club, staying on the bench, but has been a mainstay in the other matches and was exceptional in the fine win at White Hart Lane. A niggling back problem forced him off late on against Fulham but it's expected he'll be fit to play at Blackburn next Monday.

Wayne Rooney
Just the seven goals in six games for the red-hot striker in March and he netted in every fixture apart from the 5-0 win at Wolves. Yet he still pulled the strings at Molineux, scooping Sky Sports' Man of the Match award, and has generally been outstanding. Deadly from the penalty spot and capable of producing pearlers like the strike in Bilbao that even drew sporting applause from the home fans, he is a key figure for the Reds in the run-in.

Ashley Young
Now back to full fitness, the winger has been showing the sort of form that persuaded United to sign him from Aston Villa. A stunning two-goal contribution at Spurs doubled his Barclays Premier League goal tally for the Reds and

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