PFA player of the year award:

Nemanja Vidic

United defender Vidic is favourite to win the PFA award

Nominees for the PFA player of the year award:

Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Ryan Giggs (Man Utd)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd
Edwin van der Sar (Man Utd)
Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd)

Nominees for the PFA young player of the year award:

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
Rafael Da Silva (Man Utd)
Jonny Evans (Man Utd)
Stephen Ireland (Man City)
Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)
Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

Steven Gerrard is the only non-Manchester United player in the running for the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year award.

The Liverpool captain is joined on the shortlist by United’s Nemanja Vidic, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo and Edwin van der Sar.

Jonny Evans and Rafael Da Silva are nominees for the young player award.

Also in contention with the United pair are Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Aaron Lennon and Stephen Ireland.

Defender Vidic is favourite to lift the trophy at London’s Grosvenor House on 26 April.

Voting took place before United’s recent dip in form, perhaps explaining why the list of contenders is dominated by players from Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.

But Gerrard could benefit from a split vote for United players as David Ginola did during their 1999 treble-winning season – an outcome that annoyed Ferguson.

Giggs has never won the award, whereas Ronaldo could become the first player to win it three years in a row.

After a superb season for Manchester City, Ireland is favourite to succeed Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas as the country’s top youngster.

Agbonlahor and Young have both impressed for Aston Villa, while Tottenham winger Lennon has also caught the eye.

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~ by awbroady on April 14, 2009.

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