David Moyes has received a rare boost during a difficult time at Manchester United after he was shortlisted for the Manager of the Month award.
Moyes, whose United side have lost all three games they have played in 2014, is up against Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho, Everton’s Roberto Martinez and Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini for the December prize.
The Red Devils boss was nominated despite suffering back-to-back home defeats during December when Everton and Newcastle both won at Old Trafford.
However, United, who began the month with a 2-2 draw at Tottenham, ended it with six straight wins in all competitions, including four in the Premier League.
Pellegrini, who won six of his seven league games and took 19 points from a possible 21, and Mourinho, who picked up five victories, both had better records than Moyes in December.
The Scot won 10 Manager of the Month awards during his 11-year spell at Everton -- with the last coming for his efforts in March 2013 -- but he is yet to win one at United.
Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers, Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino and Newcastle’s Alan Pardew have won the first four monthly awards of the season.