Rooney produced a series of outstanding performances to help maintain the Red Devils' Barclays Premier League title push.

The England striker scored six goals during the month and in doing so soared to the top of the Barclays Race for the Golden Boot, becoming the first player to reach 20 goals this season.

Rooney was on the score sheet against Burnley and was again in outstanding form in last weekend's victory against Arsenal, scoring an excellent goal to put the match out of Arsenal's reach.

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However, it was United's encounter against Hull City that was the highlight of the month with Rooney scoring all four goals in United's comfortable 4-0 win. Rooney has now scored 20 times in just 23 Barclays Premier League matches this season.

This is the fifth time that Wayne Rooney has won the Barclays Player of the Month award, placing him level with Steven Gerrard as the player with the highest number of individual monthly awards.

The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.