Ryan Giggs picked up the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year award last night for his 18th season in the top flight. The veteran Manchester United beat off competition from teammates Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Edwin van der Sar and Cristiano Ronaldo as well as Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard.
"It's right up there, with personal accolades it's the best to have as it's voted by your fellow players," Giggs told reporters. "I've been fortunate to win a lot of trophies, I won the young player award twice but this is the big one."
The Welsh winger also paid tribute to his Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "The manager has been massive in my career from when I first met him when I was 13," the 35-year-old said. "That's over 20 years and he knows me better than anyone and our relationship has been brilliant and just gets better. I've been so fortunate to have such a great career in so many great teams, it's not even worth thinking about what it would have been like without the manager."
While many have cynics have questioned Giggs scooping the top prize few could argue with the service that he has given to the Red Devils over the years. Ashley Young won the Young Player of the Year award despite a dip in form since the New Year.
Premier League team of the year: Edwin van der Sar; Glen Johnson, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra; Ashley Young, Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo; Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres