Rio wants defenders hailed as Vidic pushes for Player of the year award

26 March 2009 03:29
Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand has demanded that a defender lifts the PFA Player of the Year award - and claims team-mate Nemanja Vidic deserves the prize.

The prestigious award is usually given to an attacking player and only two defenders - John Terry (2004-05), Paul McGrath (1992-93) - have won the award in the Premier League era.

But Ferdinand told "I think Vida will be in the running for Player of the Year. He's probably been our most consistent player along with Ryan (Giggs) and Edwin (van der Sar).

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2008 winner: Cristiano Ronaldo

'Those three are probably our stand-out players of the season in terms of consistency.

'The attackers normally get the accolades and the adulation so it would be nice to see a defender win it.

'JT [John Terry] won it a few years ago, but over the years not many centre halves have won it. So it would be good to have a defender win.'

Vidic has continued the outstanding form that took United to domestic and European glory last season, establishing a solid partnership with Ferdinand at the heart of defence.

The 27-year-old has also chipped with seven goals in United's 2008-09 campaign although, with six bookings and three red cards in all competitions, his disciplinary record could improve.


2008- Cristiano Ronaldo, Man Utd

2007- Cristiano Ronaldo, Man Utd

2006- Steven Gerrard,Liverpool

2005- John Terry, Chelsea

2004- Thierry Henry, Arsenal

2003- Thierry Henry, Arsenal

2002 - Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Man Utd

2001- Teddy Sheringham, Man Utd

2000 -Roy Keane, Man Utd

1999- David Ginola, Tottenham Hotspur

1998- Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal

1997- Alan Shearer, NewcastleUnited

1996- Les Ferdinand, Newcastle United

1995- Alan Shearer, Blackburn Rovers

1994- Eric Cantona, Man Utd

1993 - Paul McGrath, Aston Villa

1992- Gary Pallister, Man Utd

1991 - Mark Hughes, Man Utd

1990- David Platt, Aston Villa

1989- Mark Hughes, Man Utd

1988- John Barnes, Liverpool

1987- Clive Allen, Tottenham Hotspur

1986 - Gary Lineker, Everton

1985- Peter Reid, Everton

1984 - Ian Rush, Liverpool

1983- Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool

1982- Kevin Keegan, Southampton

1981 - John Wark, Ipswich Town

1980- Terry McDermott, Liverpool

1979 - Liam Brady, Arsenal

1978- Peter Shilton, NottinghamForest

1977- Andy Gray, Aston Villa

1976- Pat Jennings, Tottenham

1975- Colin Todd, DerbyCounty

1974- Norman Hunter, Leeds United

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