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Friday, 12 October, 2001, 17:00 GMT 18:00 UK
Veron wins player award
Manchester United's Juan Sebastian Veron
Veron scores one of his three Premiership goals
Manchester United's Juan Sebastian Veron has won the Barclaycard player of the month award for September.

The manager of the month award went to John Gregory of Aston Villa.

Veron, in only his second month of action after joining United for a British record transfer fee of 28m, scored three goals in four Premiership games.

One of those strikes came in the thrilling comeback at White Hart Lane, when the Argentina international hit the fourth goal in United's 5-3 victory.

Veron must surely be an early favourite for the player of the year accolade
Barclaycard awards panel

The Barclaycard awards panel said: "Tackle, pass, head, cross, score - he can do the lot.

"Since joining the FA Barclaycard Premiership, the Argentine midfielder has proved that he is, without doubt, one of the class acts of the current season.

"He has slotted into the Manchester United midfield and, more often than not, has been the player that is making things happen.

"The fact he has also scored three goals only goes to reiterate what a key player he is for United.

Managerial skills

Gregory's award reflected Villa's unbeaten start to the Premiership campaign.

Villa beat Liverpool and Southampton away as well as Blackburn at home, while they also drew against Sunderland.

Aston Villa manager John Gregory
Gregory won the manager of the month award

Although his side were knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Croatian side Varteks, Gregory took them into the top four of the Premiership table.

"It is testament to the managerial skills of John Gregory that Villa remain undefeated since the start of the season, especially when you consider they have faced the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United," said the panel.

"Gregory has got Villa playing attractive, attacking football with Juan Pablo Angel finding his scoring boots and Peter Schmeichel keeping them out at the other end.

"If Gregory continues this current form, there is no reason why his side shouldn't be aiming for a top three finish."

The Villa manager himself downplayed the significance of the award.

"I don't really want to talk about it.

I'm not superstitious about talking about it and the last time I won the award we went and spanked the backside off Coventry in the next game.

"We didn't fall for the usual hoodoo thing but my reluctance to talk is nothing to do with fate.

"It's just that we're six games into the season and it's very early days."

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