Date: 25th April 2009 at 9:54pm
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Possibly the most glaring mistake of the PFA shortlist is that five Manchester United players made it – yet Wayne Rooney is not among them.

And I believe now that he’s United’s player of the year, even though I accept that in January it might have seemed so that Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic made more impact. Edwin van der Sar, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs certainly didn’t, though.

I’m not belittling the others but Wayne Rooney overcame frustrating injuries and competition from Berbatov and Tevez and on occasions he carried United on his back. Scored very important goals – the second, clinching goal against Chelsea, the winner against Wigan, the opener against West Brom, the equaliser today, the equaliser at Newcastle, the opener at Celtic – and produced outstanding, though goalless performances (at Stamford Bridge and against Inter at Old Trafford, to name but two).

Ronaldo is now leading the scoring charts but his performance is nowhere near that spectacular as it was in the last two seasons – Rooney, on the other hand, flourished and his influence helped the team incredibly when it seemed we couldn’t buy a goal to save our lives. Time and again he pulled us out of trouble with his performances, his energy, his determination and his skill.

Oh, and started regularly performing well for England as well. Not that most United fans care about that but I thought I’d mention that. So I nominate Wayne Rooney as Manchester United’s Player of the Season – even though according to the PFA there are five teammates ahead of him.