Old Trafford goal machine wins main award whilst James Milner is rewarded for excellent season with Young Player of the Year gong.
Wayne Rooney has been voted player of the year by his peers in the Professional Footballers’ Association.
The Manchester United striker, who has scored 34 goals this season, beat off competition from Didier Drogba, Carlos Tevez and Cesc Fabregas.
Rooney, 24, said: “It’s a great feeling to win because it’s voted for by the players. It’s a great honour and I’m really proud.”
The young player of the year award was won by Aston Villa’s James Milner.
Rooney has blossomed at Old Trafford this season after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. (BBC Sport)
I think its fair to say that Wayne Rooney was the only player who could win the award this season. The 24 year old has been in phenomenal form for Manchester United and has become the object of hope for England fans ahead of the summer’s World Cup.
Prior to this season many critics had one constant complaint to make of the former Everton man and that was that he was too unselfish and didn’t score enough goals himself and wasn’t a prolific marksman, well Rooney well and truly proved those people wrong.
With 34 goals from 40 starts Sir Alex has seen the intelligent striker become the focal part of his side’s hopes and it may be fair to state that without Rooney’s incredible form they would have struggled to maintain their title push but that perhaps says more about the lack of effective alternatives Ferguson has to call upon or to place alongside his number 10, something the Old Trafford boss will surely look to rectify this summer. Fabio Capello must also be pleased with the nine goals that Rooney contributed in the World Cup qualifying campaign and will be hoping that he can add to that total and arrive in South Africa with a clean bill of health.
James Milner was also the deserved winner of the PFA Young Player Award as he has been instrumental in Aston Villa’s late run for a Champions League spot. The former Leeds and Newcastle man has had the season of his young career and has become an irreplaceable part of Martin O’Neill’s long term plans but many Villa Park fans must be worried about whether his long term future does indeed lie at the club amid a flurry of rumours about interest shown by both Chelsea and Man United.