Manchester United pair Ellla Toone and Marc Skinner have won the Barclays WSL Player of the Month and Manager of the Month respectively.
United won both games they played during December to finish the calendar year 2021 within touching distance of the WSL’s top three.
Back-to-back victories during the month over Brighton and Aston Villa, the latter a 5-0 thrashing, ended a previous run of four WSL games without a win and firmly put United back into picture in terms of the race for a Champions League place.
Skinner masterminded the impressive results, first against a Brighton side that have themselves threatened to upset the status quo at times this season, and then a comprehensive thrashing of Villa in what could have been a tricky game to go into the winter break.
Toone played an important role in both wins, but it was against the latter that she particularly shone. The rising England star scored United’s first and last goal and could even have had a hat-trick in the closing stages on another day.
Taking on an even more key role in the squad this season, Toone is having a fine 2021/22 so far.
She has also further established herself in the senior England setup, becoming a regular under new Lionesses manager Sarina Wiegman at the perfect time only a few months ahead of Euro 2022.