The season is drawing to a close and the nominees for the 2013 PFA Players' Player of the Year have officially been announced.
The PFA Players' Player of the Year is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the year across all the professional leagues in England. There has been no shortage of worthy contenders, however six names have now been short-listed as stand-out performers this season.
Robin van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal on 15th August for £24million. The Dutchman signed a four year contract – keeping him at the club until June 2016. Van Persie scored 30 goals for Arsenal last season, earning him the title of PFA Players' Player of the year.
The Dutchman said of his award last year, “If other people are saying it, it is special, but it is even more special if your opponents are saying it.”
Robin van Persie has spent the majority of the season as favourite to re-claim the award. With 21 league goals for Manchester United this season from 33 appearances, the league's second top goalscorer is a sure favourite for the award.
The Dutchman has 25 goals in all competitions for Manchester United, with three coming in United's Champions League campaign.
His 90th minute winner against Manchester City, hat-trick against Southampton and 20 league goals, all in his first campaign in Manchester United, has seen van Persie become a fan's favourite and hot contender for the award.