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Player of the Month shortlist:

Michael Carrick
Patrice Evra
Ryan Giggs
Paul Scholes
Antonio Valencia
Danny Welbeck

Vote at www.manutd.com/polls

01/02/2012 11:13, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Poll: Reds' January star?

January 2012 was a month of ups and downs for Manchester United as a team, but a number of players have shone throughout.

We've come up with a shortlist of six Reds we believe are the most worthy contenders for our Player of the Month award. Have a read of their credentials and then cast your vote at www.manutd.com/polls before 18:00 on Sunday 5 February...

Michael Carrick
The midfielder has once again been one of United's most consistent performers, and has shone alongside the ageless Ryan Giggs in the centre of the park. Was reunited with the original midfield master, Paul Scholes, for the Bolton win and he joined Scholesy on the score-sheet with a classy strike.

Patrice Evra
In an ever-changing, injury-ravaged back four, United's stand-in skipper has been an ever-present and barely put a foot wrong. His performance in the victory at the Emirates was widely regarded as his best of the campaign.

Ryan Giggs
Just how does he keep on doing it? Has shown his quality in the centre of midfield with some incisive passing and excellent vision, and also demonstrated he can still produce on the wing with a superb cross for Valencia's opener at Arsenal.

Paul Scholes
Few could have expected Scholesy to be included in a Player of the Month poll at the start of this month, but his retirement U-turn has already yielded dividends. The ginger wizard has slotted back into his old role seamlessly and capped his (second) full United debut with a goal in the win over Bolton in front of the delighted Old Trafford faithful.

Antonio Valencia
Last month's star man has maintained his devastating form throughout January. He scored one and made one in the win at Arsenal, set up Rooney's first goal in the derby cup

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