My team of the year

by Ben McAleer

Friday, May 13th, 2011

GK: Edwin Van der Sar, Manchester United

An easy choice, the ageing Dutch keeper has been in fine form in the United goal this season and his performances have won them points single handily. Sir Alex Ferguson must be gutted he is retiring at the end of the season.

RB: Bacary Sagna, Arsenal

A consistent performer all season on the right-hand side of Arsenal’s defence having made 41 appearances in all competitions so far this season. Has a knack for getting forward well but is also great defensively.

CB: Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United

Like team mate Van der Sar, Vidic has been instrumental in United’s success this season. Assuring displays at the back have often won them games after lacklustre displays from the strikers.

CB: Vincent Kompany, Manchester City

Crossing the great divide, Manchester City’s Kompany has proved a revelation at the City of Manchester stadium as City look to add an FA Cup to an already successful season having secured a top four finish this season.

LB: Leighton Baines, Everton

Has been pivotal in Everton’s rise up the table after a shaky start to the season with a series of fine displays and exceedingly important goals including a last minute free-kick against Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth round replay at Stamford Bridge.

CM: Luka Modric, Tottenham Hotspur

The diminutive schemer has blossomed under the stewarding of Harry Redknapp and is one of the first names on the team sheet. Coming from deep, can start attacks for Spurs with the drop of the shoulder and has often been compared to Dutch hero Johan Cruyff.

CM: Scott Parker, West Ham United

The FWA Player of the Year and rightfully so. The West Ham captain has often dragged his team through games and won them points when they weren’t deserved. With West Ham on the cusp of relegation, Parker is said to be leaving Upton Park should the club finish in the bottom three of the Premiership.

CM: Jack Wilshere, Arsenal

After a season with Bolton Wanderers, Wilshere was expected to be sent on loan again this year. However, after injuries to key starters in the Arsenal midfield, Wilshere was rushed into first team action and hasn’t looked back since. Heralded as England’s next midfield maestro, Wilshere has seen his career propel to new heights in 2011. Expect more to come from the PFA Young Player of the Year.

LW: Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur

The PFA Player of the Year may have seen his form dip in the second half of the season after a series of injuries but can give defenders a torrid time over the 90 minutes when fully fit. Expect more from the Welshman next season after an ankle injury ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.

CF: Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Manchester United

Expected to be a bit part player for United this season, Chicharito has become a mainstay in the starting XI, forming a deadly partnership with Wayne Rooney on the front-line. 20 goals in all competitions have led to calls of the Mexican being the signing of the season.

RW: Nani, Manchester United

An in-different start to his United career has finally seen the Portuguese star become an important figure in the starting XI. With 18 assists and 9 goals coming from Nani this season, many pundits were asking why he wasn’t nominated for Player of the Year.

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United

Only ever going to be one choice after the Scot led United to their third Champions League final in four years. United currently find themselves within touching distance of their record breaking 19th league title that will eclipse Liverpool’s previous record of 18.

Honourable Mentions

LB: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Tottenham Hotspur

Unlucky not to make the team. Has improved defensively and mentally over the season and is unlucky to have seen his season cut short due to a hamstring injury. His best game of the season came in the 3-3 draw against Arsenal last month.

LW: Ryan Giggs, Manchester United

There isn’t any stopping the 37 year old Welshman who has taken to a position change like a duck to water. Now operating in the centre of midfield, Ferguson can rely on Giggs’ experience and wealth of talent to make the difference in the big games.

CB: David Luiz, Chelsea

Like Assou-Ekotto, is unlucky not to make the cut. However, after joining in January has proven a revelation alongside John Terry in the Chelsea defence. Will shine at Stamford Bridge next season.

CM: Charlie Adam, Blackpool

Has been the hub of a Blackpool team that has looked to attack teams in their maiden Premier League campaign. Moves to Liverpool and Tottenham broke down in January but expect no shortage of suitors should the Seasiders go down.

CF: Dimitar Berbatov, Manchester United

Often considered lazy by fans, the Premier League’s top scorer (21) has rarely featured in the United starting XI recently but is still a danger to opposition defences when called upon.

RW: Carlos Tevez, Manchester City

Despite persistent links away from Manchester, Tevez has shown once again that he is one of the world’s finest strikers. With 22 goals all season from the Argentine, City will be willing to go hammer and tong to keep their captain at the club beyond the summer.

Manager: Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool

Steadied the sinking ship and saw it set-sail up the Premier League table. Rewarded for his fine efforts as Liverpool manager with a new three-year deal and will guarantee European football at Anfield next season with victory over Tottenham on Sunday.

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  • billy

    are joking mate? Ekotto? He is an awful player! Demonstrated by Danny Rose’s last few performances at left back.

    Berbatov has only been good for half a season, as has Tevez.

    Sagna has had one of his worst seasons in an Arsenal shit too, his crossing has been terrible.

  • mathias

    notable flops of the year
    the whole gunners team

  • RR

    I’m sorry but NANI has been the best midfielder this season….18 assists, 9 goals.

    No other midfielder comes near that….

  • Ben McAleer

    Oh christ, I forgot Nani!!!

  • Ben McAleer

    Problem rectified

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