Given that I had already had a lengthy rant on this subject, I was going to try and let the PFA Awards go without too much comment. But the sight of Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young holding trophies has proven too much.
As I have previously said, Giggs does not deserve to be PFA Player of the Year. In fact, if I was him I would take it as an insult. This is the first time he has won the award. Is it fair to say that this fantastic winger has never merited the award until he was 35 years old, forced to move to midfield and start only a handful of games?
A bloke called John McDermott, who spent 20 years at Grimsby Town, has been given the Merit award for his services to the game. That is the award Giggs should have been in contention for! He has been a terrific servant, is still a tremendous asset and has a part to play for Manchester United, but he has not been the best player in the Premier League this season.
And Ashley Young scooping the Young Player of the Year Award highlights another of the ceremony’s flaws. Stephen Ireland, you were robbed. Voting for the awards takes place part way through the season. As we now know, Young’s form tailed off and he has done very little since Christmas.
Ireland on the other hand has gone from strength-to-strength, has dragged Manchester City along almost single-handedly and is normally involved in anything half-decent that Robinho produces.
So, Stephen, you are our Unofficial PFA Young Player of the Year.