As the season comes to its final stages, its that time of year where awards are handed out to the players who have performed to exceptional standards, and this year United have three nominees. Both Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie are up for the PFA Player of the Year award, whereas Danny Welbeck earns a nomination for Young Player of the Year.
Robin van Persie had a blistering start to the season scoring in almost every game he played in, but the dip in form over the last couple of months may hinder his chances of coming away with the award.
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Michael Carrick received a nomination for this award and he has been ever-present at the heart of our midfield all season long. His passing, especially going forward has been much improved and he’s been an absolute joy to watch this season. Sadly though, I can’t see either of them winning it, I reckon Suarez will win it this year (unfortunately!).
Danny Welbeck’s inclusion in the Young Player of the Year award is also richly deserved. Although he hasn’t hit the goalscoring heights many United fans expected, his all-round game has come on leaps and bounds. Somehow the young lad still divides opinion amongst Reds which I think is absolutely crazy.
The surprise exclusion from a United point of view is Rafael. He has definitely been one of our best players this season and arguably could’ve been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award.
Full list of nominees
POTY: Van Persie, Bale, Carrick, Suarez, Hazard, Mata
Young POTY: Hazard, Bale, Lukaku, Welbeck, Wilshere, Benteke