His Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard, for example, is left out despite describing the current season as his best ever.
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That the polling is completed in February is well established, but that does not explain the selection of Fernando Torres, whose best form has come in the last three months.
Torres scored just five goals before February and was injured for long periods. Ryan Giggs took the individual honour despite starting just 12 Premier League games this season, scoring once, while Ashley Young's form has also tailed off after a fine start.
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PFA Premier League team of the year 2008/9: Van der Sar (Man Utd), G Johnson (Portsmouth), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra (all Man Utd), A Young (Aston Villa), Gerrard (Liverpool), Giggs, Ronaldo (both Man Utd), Anelka (Chelsea), Torres (Liverpool).