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January Player of the Month

Robin van Persie 53%
Ryan Giggs 22%
Patrice Evra 18%
Phil Jones 4%
Danny Welbeck 3%
05/02/2013 17:22, Report by Adam Marshall

RvP is January star

Robin van Persie has been named United's Player of the Month for the second successive month after starting 2013 with a bang.

The reigning Footballer of the Year fired in a brace at Wigan Athletic in the first game of January and has not looked back since, notching five goals in five matches during the month.

After scooping the accolade for the first time in December, it is clear the striker is becoming a firm fans' favourite following his summer switch from Arsenal.

Van Persie garnered over half of the vote, with almost 7,500 fans opting for him ahead of fellow candidates Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra, Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck.

Giggs finished in second spot after a tremendous contribution, particularly in the FA Cup, with Evra finishing third in recognition of his consistency at left-back and ability to cause problems in opposing boxes from set-pieces.

Youngsters Jones and Welbeck completed our short-list after enjoying an impressive month in defence and attack respectively.

Fulham boss Martin Jol said of van Persie recently: "He is the main man. He sets them up with little flicks and combination football and he also scores the most goals. He scores over 30 goals a season and will be top scorer again, as he was last year. He is like Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Wherever he goes, they will be champions. Van Persie has that quality."

More: Evra - Time to deliver | Goal of the month video

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