Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres have been named Barclays Manager of the Month and Player of the Month for September respectively. Ferguson led Manchester United to the top of the Barclays Premier League table after taking maximum points from testing fixtures at Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City as well as a tempestuous Manchester derby against local rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford. Despite falling behind early on, the Red Devils recovered to beat high-flying Tottenham (3-1) at White Hart Lane. United then beat their resurgent local rivals in a Barclays Premier League classic which saw Michael Owen score an injury-time goal to secure a 4-3 win. Manchester United maintained their 100 percent record in the month after second-half goals from Dimitar Berbatov and John O'Shea saw off the challenge of Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, to move last season's champions to the top of the table at the expense of Chelsea.
This is Sir Alex Ferguson's 24th Barclays Manager of the Month honour. "Thanks to Barclays for this award. The season's just started so it's very nice to get one. I just hope we get one in May," he said. Five goals in the month ensured that Liverpool striker Torres was named the Barclays Player of the Month. The Spanish hitman played an influential role in his side's four goal defeat of Burnley at Anfield before hitting a brace - including the winner - in the hard-earned 3-2 win over West Ham United at Upton Park. Torres ended September in scintillating fashion with a sensational hat-trick as the Merseysiders comfortably saw off the challenge of Hull City (6-1) and moved into third place in the Barclays Premier League table. Torres has now scored eight Barclays Premier League goals, a tally which sees the 25-year-old lead the race for the Barclays Golden Boot ahead of Sunderland's Darren Bent, Didier Drogba of Chelsea and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney (all six goals). The decisions was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.comments