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Player of the Month winners, 2011/12

December - Dimitar Berbatov
November - David De Gea
October - Javier Hernandez
September  - Nani
August - Wayne Rooney

Our free video shows December's top three - Dimitar Berbatov, Antonio Valencia (2nd) and Michael Carrick (3rd) - in action.

10/01/2012 15:11, Report by A Bostock, L Kane

Video: Berba tops monthly poll

Dimitar Berbatov's goalscoring return to action in December has earned him United's Player of the Month award.

When the polls closed on our seven official websites at the weekend, the Bulgarian striker was placed marginally ahead of runner-up Antonio Valencia while Michael Carrick finished in third place.

Berbatov averaged a goal every half an hour (32 minutes to be precise) during the festive month after firing in six of the Reds' tally of 20. His hat-trick haul against Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day and brace in the New Year's Eve defeat to Blackburn followed his 50th strike for the club, a cheeky backheel in the 5-0 win at Fulham.

The other players nominated in our December poll were Patrice Evra, Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney.

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