The PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award nominations have been announced and Manchester United have once again been strongly represented in both categories.
It’s hard to believe it’s not Scholes, it’s Carrick, you know’
It is the first time that Carrick has been nominated for the award and it is richly deserved after having a terrific season which has seen him spearhead United’s title push from midfield, playing in every Premier League game this season.
This type of form has seen Carrick become a fans favourite at Old Trafford and it is richly deserved after being unappreciated for seasons at United.
Unsurprisingly, last year’s winner Robin van Persie joins him in the list. The former gunner has played every game for United in the Premier League, scoring 21 goals and creating eight, in a season where it is looking likely that he’ll claim his first Premier League winners medal.
Like Carrick, van Persie has become a fans favourite with defining moments like his hat-trick against Southampton in a 3-2 thriller at St Mary’s and his dramatic winner against Manchester City at the Etihad back in December.
The pair are joined in the nominations by Tottenham’s in form winger Gareth Bale, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.
In the nominations for the Young Player of the Year Award, United have only controversially been represented by one player in the form of Danny Welbeck.
Welbeck has had an outstanding season for United despite only scoring one goal and creating four. He has mainly been used behind the striker and has been given the freedom of the pitch to chase the ball down, an area of the game which he has excelled in.
Many reds are quick to criticise Welbeck for his goal tally but he has never really been played in the positions where he can score goals and when he did, he scored – take Real Madrid for example.
Controversially though, Jack Wilshere has been nominated ahead of the likes of David De Gea, Matija Nastasic and Rafael da Silva. A nomination which has already caused uproar in the social media world. How can a player who has hardly played all season be picked ahead of three of the league’s most impressive players across all age groups?
Along with Wilshere and Welbeck, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard have picked up their second nominations with West Brom’s on-loan Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke completing the line up.