FOOTBALL NEWS

03/12/2013 18:30, Report by Ben Hibbs

Wayne wins monthly award

Wayne Rooney is Manchester United's Player of the Month for November following a landslide victory in our official poll.

It's the second time Rooney has won the monthly accolade this season, and the United no.10 polled 80 per cent of fans' votes across our seven language websites, beating Antonio Valencia (15 per cent) and Patrice Evra (5 per cent) in second and third places.

"It's great to be recognised by the fans," Wayne told ManUtd.com in an exclusive interview. "I'm delighted with that and it's important I keep trying to do well for the team."

Rooney's November displays were all-consuming; of United's 11 goals last month, he scored or had a hand in nine. Strikes at Fulham and Cardiff were balanced against other influential facets of his game - notably five direct assists and, of course, his work-rate.

"I've always worked on that," he says, referring to his creative work. "Thankfully the lads are getting on the end of the deliveries now! It's great when you put a good ball into the box and someone gets on the end of it to score. And we also aim to keep clean sheets. That means the forwards have to come back and help out from set-pieces."

Rooney is in fine form - is this comparable to his best spells? "I'll leave that for other people to say," he adds. "But I'm enjoying my football and doing well, so I'll keep working hard and hopefully continue to be successful on the pitch."

Manchester United makes a donation to the Player of the Month's charity of choice, and Wayne has nominated Claire House Children's Hospice.

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