Premier League Team of the Year
The PFA's Premier League Team of the Year is dominated by Premier League leaders Manchester United.
Last Updated: 28/04/09 4:23pm
Team of the Year
Edwin Van Der Sar - Manchester United
Having broken the English clean sheet record in January, Van der Sar went on to claim the European record for the most number of minutes without conceding a goal, and he has without doubt been the Premier League's most consistent keeper this season.
Glen Johnson - Portsmouth
The Pompey right-back has had an outstanding season in a team that has been struggling to keep their heads above water and his form led to him being recalled to the England squad by Fabio Capello. His stunning strike against Hull in November is a contender for Goal of the Season.
Patrice Evra - Manchester United
The French international has been a major player for United this season, not just for his impressive defending, but for his raiding runs down the left flank. Had a tough start to his United career but has seen off the likes of Gabriel Heinze and Mikael Silvestre to become first choice left-back.
Rio Ferdinand - Manchester United
Ferdinand's partnership with Nemanja Vidic at the heart of United's defence held the key to the club's long run without conceding a goal, and the champions certainly missed his calm assuredness when his impeccable season was interrupted by injury recently. Grows in stature with every year.
Nemanja Vidic - Manchester United
The Serbian international looked a bit raw when he first stepped into the United side but, in the words of PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor, he is now a 'polished diamond'. An uncompromising centre back, he has added class to his make-up and looks the real deal alongside Rio.
Ashley Young - Aston Villa
Martin O'Neill will be delighted that one of the 'jewels in the Villa' crown has made the Premier League Team of the Year - and there might have been more. Young has had another terrific season and continues to develop. When he's at full tilt, he's virtually unplayable.
Steven Gerrard - Liverpool
A Players' Player of the Year nominee, the talismanic skipper's return to his pristine best after injury setbacks proved to be the catalyst for Liverpool's surge towards titles at home and abroad in the last third of the season. 'Best in the world', says Zidane - who would argue with that?
Ryan Giggs - Manchester United
Still flying up and down the wing with the enthusiasm, fitness and desire of a teenager and loving every minute of his twilight years. Such has been his importance to United this year he has been rewarded with a new contract - and has become a more than justified winner of this award. Not before time.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Manchester United
After last season's amazing 40-odd goal campaign, topping that this time around was always going to be difficult, nigh on impossible. But after an injury-hampered start to the season he re-discovered his finest form and, despite missing games, still has more than 20 goals to his credit.
Nicolas Anelka - Chelsea
He recently said he played his 'best football at Liverpool' but in terms of goals and overall contribution to the team this has to go down as his best season in English football. He's on course for a 20-goal haul, and being allowed to play more often in his favoured central position has paid dividends.
Fernando Torres - Liverpool
Injuries and a possible backlash from his exertions in Spain's successful Euro 2008 campaign, meant we had to wait a while to see the Fernando Torres who burst onto the Premier League scene in sensational style last season. He's back to his brilliant best and scoring stunning goals once more, like the one against Blackburn earlier this month.