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Bruno Lage deserves Manager of the Month award for excellent January

Some Wolves fans are now daring to talk about the possibility of European football again, with the team having enjoyed a fantastic start to 2022.

Wanderers have played four games this month and won every time.

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It started with a victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Wolves exacted revenge for the 1-0 defeat to the Red Devils earlier in the season, with Joao Moutinho striking the game’s only goal late on.

Wolves could have scored three or four that evening. But getting three points was the main thing. And by beating United, Wolves recorded their first win at Old Trafford in over 40 years.

The following weekend, Wolves were in FA Cup action against Sheffield United. After a slightly shaky start without Romain Saiss, it was ultimately a comfortable afternoon’s work with Wolves winning 3-0 at Molineux.

Then came the 3-1 win over Southampton.

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Lage’s side had to be at their best for that one. The Saints went to Molineux and looked like one of the best visiting sides this season. Raul Jimenez, Conor Coady and Adama Traore were the scorers, and James Ward Prowse hit a truly world-class free-kick for Southampton.

And most recently, Wolves beat Brentford 2-1 away from home. The result was impressive given how many interruptions there were to the match.

With nine points picked up in the league (and safe passage to the fourth round of the FA Cup to boot), Lage surely deserves to win his first ever Premier League Manager of the Month award.

Bruno Lage should be the Premier League Manager of the Month for January

Wolves are the only team to have won all their Premier League games in January.

Not only that, Wolves have been full value for their nine points and have deserved to be victorious each time.

The performance against United was absolutely brilliant. On another evening they might have scored three or four. That evening Lage completely outwitted Ralf Rangnick tactically.

The win over Southampton was a great blend of solid defending and clinical finishing. He sent on Adama Traore to ensure the points, and that’s exactly what the Spaniard did.

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And the players and manager deserve great credit for how they managed the Brentford game. All those stoppages cannot have been very helpful at all.

It is difficult to see how Lage doesn’t deserve to win his first Manager of the Month award. He has certainly been coming in for a lot of praise for his work since the start of the year. Hopefully that will translate into some tangible acknowledgement.