Time to honour Van the man at end of season awards

By Jamie Redknapp


It might be as simple as this: Manchester United lost the  2011-12 title on the last day, with virtually the last kick. Manchester City were champions on goal difference.

So, Sir Alex Ferguson signed a striker, a guaranteed 20-goals-plus-a-season forward, from one of his rivals. And now the title is back in the red corner.

At times, this United team have been efficient and effective.

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The main man: Robin van Persie celebrates after securing the title

The main man: Robin van Persie celebrates after securing the title

Yes, considerably better than the rest (which doesn’t say much about the rest) but home and hosed not long after the snow has been cleared away. We are still in April and the medals can be dished out now.

At times they have been good, at other times, very good. Last night we saw excellence from Robin van Persie. A hat-trick, including a stunning volley that Marco van Basten or Dennis Bergkamp would have been happy to boast about.

Pick of the bunch: Van Persie a brilliant volley for United's second goal

Pick of the bunch: Van Persie a brilliant volley for United's second goal

United have won the Barclays Premier League for two reasons: one is the manager, who loves a scrap and has enjoyed keeping the noisy neighbours quiet this season. And the other is RVP.

His hat-trick against Aston Villa last night took his tally to 24 in the league this season and past Luis Suarez at the top of the scoring chart. Now he could be double Footballer of the Year for a second year in succession, a feat previously achieved by Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Key signing: Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with Van Persie

Key signing: Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with Van Persie

When Manchester City’s transfer negotiators missed out on Van Persie, Roberto Mancini said it would tip the balance back towards United. And he was right.Robin has just come out of a sticky spell, but he is the player who has made the difference.

This team may not be as fondly remembered as the 1999 treble team, but the name on the trophy will still be the same.

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His last 4 goals have been offside.

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Look at RVP last year he was in a decent Arsenal squad that he clearly stood out in and his desire to win with them was amazing to see as there had to be times when he questioned how good his teammates were, ultimately he decided to move onto bigger pastures and his drive combined with Ferguson's ability to push that drive is why he has been the stand out player of the season in my opinion, seeing how much that title meant to him the other night made my year Champ20ns

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I agree, but it'll probably go to the media darling, Bale.

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man utd players = idiots.

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What an incredible bunch of players with desire, passion, committment and willingness to win. Every United player that puts on the red jersey sees it as a priviledge to play for such a great club and the Manager will always remind them of this. RVP has only been there for one season, but in his interview he said "we" have won "our" 20th title. That to me says it all about how that great club is run and the philosophy ingrained into those players. I believe the difference between United winning the title and City not winning it is the attitude of both set of players. Sir Alex Ferguson deserves all the credit he gets because he's an incredible person and a great man manager who will always put the interest of the club first.

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not for me, goes missing in major games. he's a good time charlie

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For me he's been the PL's most consistent forward this season, despite that small patch he went without a goal. has dug united out on many an occasion. Player of the year no doubt.

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Guaranteed that Bale will win it. He's had a great season and he plays for Spurs and we know how much the media love them and will always give them award and plaudits whenever they can.

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cheribaby 07.17 - couldn't agree more BUT he's still an arrogant twerp in a red shirt. Funny how he stayed injury free after 7 years!

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Player of the season, golden boot and goal of the season should all be his, absolute legend!

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