LONDON: Sir Alex Ferguson and Juan Mata have been named Premier League manager and player of the month for October.

Ferguson’s Manchester United scored 10 goals in victories overNewcastle, Stoke andChelsea- earningFergusonthe award on the 26th anniversary of his appointment.

The Scot has now won 27 monthly honours since the Premier League began. He said: “I’m pleased with our attacking play, that’s been a feature of our game. We’ve had an issue about defending, but in Saturday’s win against Arsenal we were back to what I expect of Manchester United defenders.”

Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Mata, meanwhile, took a first individual award inEnglandafter scoring three league goals during October.

The Spaniard is thriving alongside Oscar and Eden Hazard, and he said: “I’m really enjoying it, they’re players who like to play with the ball, to assist and who have good movement – more or less like me.”

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