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The 29-year-old forward scored five goals in six games as his team built up a seven-point lead over title rival Manchester City during the busy holiday schedule.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has been named the Premier League player of the month for December.  

The Dutchman scored five times in six games for the Red Devils in a prolific month that saw his team go seven points clear of title rival Manchester City during the busy holiday schedule. Van Persie, who currently leads the goalscorers chart with 16 tallies, revealed his delight at receiving the prize from the Premier League sponsors Barclays.

"It was a big month for us," van Persie told Manchester United's official website. "You have certain periods during a season when it goes your way, and December was one of those periods."

Van Persie joined United from Arsenal in a deal worth 24 million pounds this summer and has since made 26 appearances in all competitions, scoring 20 goals.

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