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Manchester United completed a clean sweep of the Women’s Super League Player and Coach of the Month awards for the second consecutive month, with winger Leah Galton being recognized alongside boss Casey Stoney.

The WSL Manager of the Month award for December went to Stoney for overseeing a perfect month in which United won all three of their league games to stay atop the table.

Casey Stoney is the manager of the month for December
Casey Stoney is the manager of the month for December | Barclays FA WSL

December started with a 2-0 away win over Aston Villa and was followed by a 2-1 road win over Reading. WSL leaders then put Bristol City to the sword in a 6-1 beating.

United took the maximum points, scoring 10 goals and conceding just twice. Overall, Stoney’s squad are now undefeated in 14 straight WSL games dating back to January 2020.

The player of the month award went to Galton. The 26-year-old has scored in every game her club has played in December, including a brace in the win over Bristol. She now has five in the WSL this season, rising to the top of the club’s goalscoring table.

Leah Galton scored four goals in December
Leah Galton scored four goals in December | Barclays FA WSL

Stoney won the Manager of the Month award for November, while United forward Tobin Heath took home the Player of the Month award at the same time. It further underscores the level at which the team has performed this season in just their second year as a top-flight club.

In the first game of 2021 after last weekend’s postponement against Everton, United will face defending champions Chelsea. The Blues are three points behind and have a game in hand, so avoiding defeat will be a must for United’s title hopefuls.

These teams met in the reverse game on the opening day of the season in September when Galton called up a Chelsea opener from Sam Kerr to a 1-1 draw.

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Man Utd will face Chelsea on Sunday | Lewis Storey / Getty Images

One of the reasons United have been able to compete at the top of the table this season is the improved competition for places which has kept everyone on their toes. But that competition saw a limited number of chances for the summer of 2019 to sign Lotta Okvist, the Swedish left-back this week sealing a move to Kopparbergs / Goteborg, which overturned his decision to retire.

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