English football legend and broadcaster, Gary Lineker, has stated that Mohammed Salah deserved the Premier League Player of the Month award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Manchester United forward claimed the monthly award for September after bagging three goals in as many games for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side after re-joining from Juventus.
The POTM award is his fifth, adding to the ones he won in November 2006, December 2006, January 2008 and March 2008 during his first Old Trafford stint.
Ronaldo, 36, edged out the likes of Liverpool’s Salah, Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo, Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr to the award.
Reacting on his Twitter handle, Linekar admitted that Ronaldo’s instantaneous impact in United is terrific but Salah deserved the award.
“He [Ronaldo] ‘s been terrific, but @MoSalah should’ve won this….comfortably,” he tweeted.
However, Ronaldo has since thanked his teammates after receiving the award.
“Proud to be elected Player Of The Month among so many great players in the Premier League.
“Thanks to all my teammates at Man. United, couldn’t have done it without them. Let’s keep working hard and the results will come!” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram.
Mikel Arteta was named manager of the month after steering Arsenal’s revival following a slow start to the season.