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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 May, 2003, 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK
Van Nistelrooy scoops award
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Van Nistelrooy's goals propelled Man Utd to the title
Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has been named the Barclaycard Premiership player of the year.

The Dutch forward scored 25 goals in Manchester United's title-winning season, a feat which also won him the Golden Boot award as the Premiership's top scorer.

Arsenal's Thierry Henry won the awards voted for by Premiership players and football writers, which are both decided before the end of the season.

And Van Nistelrooy's name was not included in the Professional Footballers Association's team of the year.

But his 13 goals in the last 10 games of the season, which helped United overhaul Arsenal at the top of the table, won him the Barclaycard award.

Van Nistelrooy said: "To win both the Barclaycard Golden Boot award and the Player of the Year rounds off a great season for me.

"There are so many great strikers in the Premiership with the likes Henry, James Beattie and Alan Shearer, so it is a real honour to come top of the scorers league.

"I'm pleased with my form as a lot of my goals proved to be very important to our comeback at the end of the season.

"The goals I've scored also mean I can donate the 25,000 to two causes in Holland, the SOS Children's Village and a Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease charity."


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