Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has won Premier League player of the month, while Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been named manager of the month for September.
Ronaldo has claimed Player of the Month award ahead of Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo, Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, Allan Saint-Maximin from Newcastle, Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr.
The Portuguese international has started a fine start to his second season at Old Trafford, scoring five goals in six games – including three goals in the league in September.
He scored twice on his debut against Newcastle at Old Trafford and followed it up with a goal during United’s dramatic win at West Ham.
Ronaldo’s teammates have talked about his influence both on and off the pitch, with Jesse Lingard saying: “He has been brilliant.
“He’s brought so much to the team. The leadership factor, he wants to win in training, he wants to win in matches, and he wants to win trophies, which is the most important thing. He’s great to be there to see what he’s doing.
“You can learn so many things from him. He’s one of the best players in the world. Having him back home is perfect for us at the moment.
“He’s really humble. He’s a positive person. Learning different things off the pitch as well as on it has been really good. I think he can really help the team this season.”
Arteta named Leader of the Month
Arteta has been named manager of the month after his Arsenal team won all three of their league matches in September.
Their resurgence in form included an emphatic 3-1 win in the North London derby against Tottenham as well as decisive victories against Burnley and Norwich.
These victories have helped lift the club to 11th place in the table after a difficult start to the campaign, which caused them to suffer three defeats in a row in their opening matches.
“I think [this award] represents the way everyone has been together, has worked and has been positive in difficult moments and continued to carry out their work with the right mentality, the right ambition and with the right work and the right way, ”says Mikel to Arsenal’s website .
“So it’s for them. I get [the award] but it is for all people behind. “
Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson believes the club could challenge a top-four place this season under Arteta if he can keep the majority of his team fit.
“They’ve set a standard now, they’ve set the bar there, now good teams stay at that level,” Merson said.
“I did not expect at all that they would lose to Tottenham, as they have been very lucky in their results so far.
“Mikel Arteta had a lot of injuries at the start of the season and what I liked about him was that he went to Burnley with a very attacking team, under pressure and he took a chance, got the ball down when they had it. and played.
“And he absolutely produced in that game, and they were brilliant when everyone thought they were going to be bullied.”
Neville: Ronaldo walk-off puts pressure on Ole
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær started Ronaldo on the bench last weekend when they drew 1-1 at home against Everton and the player was caught rushing out of the tunnel at the last whistle.
Solskjær defended his team choice, but the decision came into the spotlight, and Ronaldo’s behavior only invited further investigation.
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville reflected on Ronaldo’s body language in his latest podcast, believing that Old Trafford’s recurring heroism has put pressure on his manager.
“I saw the game and I saw him go off. I can not say I liked it,” Neville said.
“Is Cristiano upset when he’s not playing? Yes. Is Cristiano upset when he does not score? Yes. Is Cristiano annoyed as hell when the team does not win? Of course.
“We know those things. He does not have to prove it.
“He goes off the field and mumbles to himself, throwing questions up in the air. What does he say? Who is he annoyed with? It can only come back to the manager.”
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Ronaldo in action for Portugal live on Sky
Ronaldo’s Portugal play Qatar in an international friendly on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
Fernando Santos’ side, who top their World Cup qualifying group after taking 13 points from five matches, welcome Qatar to the Algarve in a match live at Sky Sports Red Button (kick-off 20.15).