Fergie & Arshavin win awards
United boss and Arsenal schemer recognised for April efforts
Last Updated: 08/05/09 8:54pm
Ferguson: Award winner
Sir Alex Ferguson has won the Manager of the Month award for April, while Arsenal playmaker Andrey Arshavin has picked up the Player of the Month prize.
Manchester United boss Ferguson has been awarded the April accolade after guiding the Premier League leaders to four wins out of four during the month.
The reigning champions started the month with a dramatic 3-2 home win over Aston Villa, with teenage match-winner Federico Macheda repeating the trick in the following game against Sunderland.
United then beat Portsmouth 2-0 in a rearranged fixture before coming back from two goals down to thump Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 at Old Trafford at the end of the month.
Ferguson's men have started May with a 2-0 win at Middlesbrough before securing a spot in a second successive UEFA Champions League final after a 4-1 aggregate win over domestic rivals Arsenal.
It is the 23rd time that Ferguson has been named Manager of the Month and the second occasion this season after he picked up the honour in January.
Meanwhile, Russian schemer Arshavin has won the Player of the Month prize after scoring five goals in four Premier League appearances in April.
Arshavin is quickly demonstrating he can be a success in English football following his transfer window move from Zenit St Petersburg and has sparkled in recent weeks.
He capped an influential display with a goal in the 4-1 win at Wigan before a stunning individual performance in the 4-4 draw at Liverpool.
The 27-year-old scored all four of the Gunners' goals and his absence from the club's Champions League plans was sorely felt.