Manchester United forward Alessia Russo has won PFA Vertu Motors WSL Fans’ Player of the Month for December in recognition of her best performances.
Russo has found her feet in the WSL in a big way in 2021/22 and continued with her excellent November form into December, helping her team to note league wins against each other.
The 22-year-old rising English star has flourished as “number nine” and impressed with his all-round performances in December, which show the ability to act as a point of contact, link the game between midfield and attack, bring others into play and create chances.
When United defeated Brighton earlier this month, Russo’s driving along the right wing and teasing cross gave the deadly second goal for Wild Boe Risa.
In his team’s second of two December wins, Russo scored the third goal in Aston Villa’s 5-0 attack for Lucy Staniforth, and reacted the fastest to win a loose ball in the penalty area and cleverly let it go for his teammate to score.
Russo was a crucial contributor to these results, ending a series of four non-profit WSL matches and marking back-to-back league wins for the first time since September. It also meant that United finished December and the calendar year just two points away from a Champions League place.
To win, Russo took a significant 27% of the final vote, beating teammates Ella Toone and the aforementioned Boe Risa, as well as Readings Deanne Rose and Tottenham pair Jessica Naz and Rachel Williams to the individual award decided by the fans.
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