Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Gerrard nominated for PFA Player of the Year along with five United players

LIVERPOOL skipper Steven Gerrard is the only non-Manchester United player on the list of nominees for the PFA player of the year award.

As voting took place before United’s recent dip in form, it is perhaps no surprise the Old Trafford outfit provide five contenders – including Wales legend Ryan Giggs, who has never won the prestigious award despite boasting a record 10 league titles.
However, it could look a little strange if Liverpool or Chelsea, who have no one in the list for either the senior or young player prize, go on to win the Premier League.
Gerrard could benefit from a split vote for United players as David Ginola did during the 1999 treble-winning season, a fact which still irritates Sir Alex Ferguson.
Aside from Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Edwin van der Sar – who kept a record 14 consecutive clean sheets earlier in the season – are also nominated, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, who could become the first player to win three times in succession.

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