Manchester United dominate Premier League 20 Seasons awards

by Sam Peoples

Player of 20 Seasons Ryan Giggs
Manager of 20 Seasons Sir Alex Ferguson
Season of 20 Seasons 2011-12
Team of 20 Seasons Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ in 2003-04
Most Memorable Quote of 20 Seasons Kevin Keegan’s ‘Love It’ interview in 1996
Goal of 20 Seasons Wayne Rooney‘s overhead kick against Manchester City in 2011-12
Match of 20 Seasons Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City in 2009-10
Goal Celebration of 20 Seasons Eric Cantona for pirouette and pose following chipped goal against Sunderland in 1996
Save of 20 Seasons Craig Gordon (Sunderland) for his reflex stop from Bolton defender Zat Knight in December 2010
Public vote Fantasy Team of 20 Seasons: Peter Schmeichel; Gary Neville, Tony Adams, Nemanja Vidic, Ashley Cole; Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs; Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer

Having won five out of nine individual categories as well as having six out of 11 in the fantasy team, Manchester United have come up trumps in the Premier League 20 seasons awards, as voted by fans.

Ryan Giggs was rightly named the best Premier League player. 909 appearances overall for United have seen Ryan get his hands on 12 League titles, four FA Cups, four League Cups, 2 Champions Leagues as well as one Super Cup, Club World Cup and Intercontinental Cup.

No player in any club will ever repeat was Ryan has done for United and nobody could of won this player apart from him. He has been a central figure in the Premier League for two decades and it is hard to believe that he made his debut in 1991, 21 years ago, considering how well and fit he still looks today.

When talking after being given the award, Ryan made sure to point towards all the talent he has played alongside and when asked how much longer he can play for, was assured in his response:

“You enjoy it. That is why I am still playing. You look back in the past on players you have played with and I feel very lucky to have played with them. As long as I am still getting picked, then I will carry on. I feel good at the moment,” he said.

Sir Alex Ferguson lifts number 19 in triumph,

As well as Ryan picking up the best player award, Sir Alex Ferguson picked up the best manager gong. 26 Manager of the Month awards, ten Manager of the Season awards and 12 Premier League titles show just why.

Few managers have ever had quite an impact on team and league as Sir Alex has. He has shaped United into the global force it now is and the Premier League alongside it.

He has built teams from scratch on more than one occasion and seems to defy the odds by continuing to possess a hunger and desire for success that only seems to grow with time. When he leaves the United bench for the last time, a gaping hole will be left behind in the same fashion as Sir Matt Busby left a legacy behind him.

Now that City have won the league, we can expect to see Sir Alex around for at least a few more seasons because if there is one thing we have learned about him, is that he loves a good challenge.

As well as picking up best player and best manager awards, the epic 4-3 derby victory over City in the 2009/2010 season was given the best match award. Wayne Rooney‘s inexplicably superb overhead kick against City, once again, in the 2010/11 was given the best goal award and Cantona’s timeless celebration against Sunderland in 1996 won the best celebration award.

Schmeichel, Neville, Vidic, Scholes, Giggs and Ronaldo were also all named in the Fantasy Premier Seasons team, with Eric Cantona just being pipped by Alan Shearer. Overall, it is just rewards for the team that has dominated the Premier League since it’s inception in 1992. With City now the team to beat, United will be hungrier than ever to make sure that we return to the top and reclaim our throne.

As an ending note, remind yourself of Cantona’s brilliant goal and celebration against Sunderland in 1996.

Olé. Image created by Beautifully Red.

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