Manuel Pellegrini has been awarded the Premier League Manager of the Month for December after taking 16 points from a possible 18.
Wins over Sunderland, Everton, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Brom helped Manchester City keep up the pressure on title leaders Chelsea. The only blip on an otherwise perfect report card was a 2-2 home draw with Burnley, where Pellegrini’s men squandered a two-goal lead to the newly-promoted Clarets.
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City scored 14 league goals over the six December games, conceding just four; two to Burnley and one each to West Brom and Sunderland.
And the Citizens achieved all of that without the help of Sergio Aguero, whose last appearance in December came just six days into the month.
Three time winner
Pellegrini beat off competition from Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho, Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger get his hands on the award for the third time. He last won it exactly a year ago in January 2014, completing a consecutive sweep of the award having also secured the prize in December 2013 too.
Pellegrini is only the second non-Englishman to be recognised as the Manager of the Month this season after Garry Monk, Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew collected the award in August, October and November respectively.
Ronald Koeman completed a Southampton double with Graziano Pelle when they took the Manager of the Month and Player of the Month trophies to St. Mary’s in September.