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Player of the Month candidates:

David De Gea
Ryan Giggs
Phil Jones
Nani
Wayne Rooney

28/09/2011 14:30, Report by Adam Marshall
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September's star man

United remained unbeaten in September to throw up numerous candidates for the ManUtd.com Player of the Month award.

We've whittled the shortlist down to five candidates, which was no easy task, and now the onus is on you to select your star man. As well as the rundown below on the quintet, check out our video of their best moments for more compelling evidence before casting your vote.

David De Gea: The boss felt the media had an agenda against the young Spaniard but he answered any critics with a string of top saves. A clean sheet at Bolton was followed by a couple of vital interventions in the win against Chelsea and two stupdendous stops to frustrate Stoke. One save with his feet again proved his class in the 3-3 draw with Basel as he was left under-protected against the Swiss champions.

Ryan Giggs: The veteran continues to defy age and all logic with his performances as he just seems to be getting better. A wondrous cameo at Bolton was nothing compared to the searing strike against Benfica that means he has scored in 16 Champions League campaigns. A captain's display silenced the Leeds fans as he rounded off his 45 minutes' work with the cheekiest of individual strikes and assists for both of Danny Welbeck's goals against Basel ended the month in fine fashion.

Phil Jones: Arguably the Barclays Premier League's most attacking centre-back, his dazzling performance at right-back against Bolton was the pick of his fine displays. Another assured performance against Chelsea was followed by one of the stand-out showings in the draw with Stoke. It's little wonder he is well on course to becoming a firm favourite with the fans, even though he was given a stern examination by Basel's bright attackers.

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