Evergreen Giggs wins PFA award
Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs was voted Player of the Year for the first time by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) on Sunday.
Giggs has only made 12 Premier League starts this season, scoring a single goal, so I guess we really have to look at this award as recognition for his long years of service at United, for whom he’s made just shy of 800 appearances.
United players dominated the shortlist for the award and there will be no complaints from Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo or Edwin van der Sar. Perhaps Steven Gerrard has reason to be disappointed but in a season without the sort of candidate you just can’t argue with, perhaps a touch of sentimentality in the award is no bad thing…
And it will look good on the mantlepiece next to the 11th league championship medal that seems a certainty after Saturday’s thrilling win over Spurs.
PHOTO: Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo (L) positions the ball before taking a shot in front of his teammate Ryan Giggs during their Champions League soccer match against Inter Milan at San Siro stadium in Milan February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi