Manchester United pair Sir Alex Ferguson and Dimitar Berbatov have been named Barclays Manager and Player of the Month for January. United have had a fantastic start to the year, winning four and drawing one of their five matches to extend their unbeaten 2010/11 campaign.
Ferguson is certainly no stranger to the award and wins it for an unprecedented 25th time in his distinguished career, after seeing his side pick up wins at home to Stoke and Birmingham and away at West Brom and Blackpool, as well as claiming a hard-fought point away against Tottenham. Ferguson's United teams are renowned for building title-winning momentum after the turn of the year, and this season would appear to be no different after they took 13 points from a possible 15 to finish the month in charge.
Bulgarian marksman Berbatov, the leading scorer in the Premier League this season, immediately picked up where he left off in 2010 with five more goals in January to take his tally to 19. The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel that includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.
Chelsea's annual wage bill has soared to 172.5million – almost 40million more than the next highest payers Manchester City. The figure for the year ending June 2010 is revealed in Chelsea's full annual accounts lodged with Companies House today and shows a significant increase on the previous year.