Date: 16th April 2009 at 11:08am
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Alan Hansen, pundit for the New Football Pools says on the PFA nominees.

‘The PFA Awards nominees have been named with Manchester United players dominating the main award with five of their team named out of the six possible. The problem with these awards is that the player`s votes are cast in January which is hardly a reflection of a season`s work. In a perfect world the votes would be cast at the end of the season when you can judge who did exactly what but unfortunately that`s not the case.

If you think back to January then it`s hardly any surprise United players dominate the nominees though there haven`t been as many star individual performers this season as in seasons past. It`s hard to pick out too many alternatives to the six names chosen with few players standing out consistently in this campaign.

If I were to cast a vote for my winner then I would have to go for Ryan Giggs. This may surprise many of you of who`d expect me to back a fellow centre-back in Nemanja Vidic or Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. But for me, Ryan has enjoyed a great season and has played an integral part in United`s success both in this campaign and over the years. When Ryan plays he performs to a very high standard. He is also very much a ‘team` man in terms of his great work-rate and responsibility on the pitch. Not only have his performances been excellent but he is also a great ambassador for both his club and the game in general.

To play for a club as big as Manchester United you have to be special but to do it for as long as Ryan has and at 35-years-old is an incredible achievement. If Ryan were to win the PFA Award, it would be a tribute to a great player who has performed consistently throughout this campaign and for many seasons at the top level. Therefore, I`d be delighted if Ryan Giggs were to win it.

It`s extremely hard to choose a winner from the PFA Young Player of the Year nominees as none of them have been consistent throughout the whole season. Once again the votes for this award are made in January and thus I`d expect one for the Aston Villa pair of Gabriel Agbonlahor or Ashley Young to win it as their club were flying at the time. Since then both players have not been at their best which you can say about all the nominees who have been in and out of form this season.

Just look at Aaron Lennon at Tottenham, at the start of the season he could barely get a game at the club but now he`s terrorising defences on a weekly basis. Manchester United`s young centre-half Jonny Evans was brilliant for the side earlier in the season but he has struggled of late along with the entire United side who`ve been leaking goals. Therefore, I`d struggle to pick any of the six candidates nominated as a stand-out winner. It will be interesting to see who wins.’

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