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Manchester United Player of the Year Awards 2009

Posted by Keano! on May 17, 2009

As is the usual every year, the United stars make an appearance at the awards dinner in the Manchester Suite, where guests take a look back on the season gone by, take part in charity auctions, and most importantly, learn who is the winner of the big awards. As was the case of years gone by, life long United fan and ITV host Jim Rosenthal presented the night from the stand.

Sir Alex Ferguson joined Mandy Henry on the couch and you could see in his eyes he was itching for the Barcelona game. Mandy commented on the season gone by and the boss responded,

Its a great achievement for the players, It was a big challenge for me and the players. This present team can go on and do very well, they’re a cracking bunch of players,” said Ferguson. “Its my best squad, I could have picked 2 teams for the Arsenal game. They’re very good players and great characters.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson

(On the Player Of The Year Award)
It is tough because you always rely on the team. I always think back to Dennis Irwin. He was never the player to get the accolades and awards, but he was a great team player and was one of my favourites. Fletcher and O’Shea are worthy of the award but Vidic has been magnificent, and Giggsy has been fantastic. Its between them I think

(On thoughts about Barcelona in Rome)
“I started 2 weeks ago, doing a video analyses of them, trying to pick a team they will play, watching their games,” moving onto the selection, “Ji Sung park won’t be disappointed, he will be in the team. He won’t be left out this time. It broke my heart last year to leave the lad out,” acknowledging Darren Fletcher’s unfortunate suspension, “Its a bitter disappointment, he’s a gentleman. Darren’s temperament is never up or down, he just trotted off after getting the red and it says a lot about the lad.

(On how he feels about Barcelona in the final)
They would have been my top tip when watching them earlier in the season, that they could go all the way. It’ll be a repeat of last seasons semi-final only this time it’s one leg. Well I can be as confident as I can, we’ve won the league and I’m going with a fresh team, bar Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand will be fit for the game.

Awards

Academy Player Of The Year

Federico Macheda

Federico Macheda

Nominees: Matt James | Federico Macheda | Danny Welbeck

Winner: Federico Macheda

Federico Macheda scoops an award to savour. Making stunning appearances for all 3 levels of United this season, earning the first team 6 points with two winning goals. United legend Bryan Robson presented Federico with his award.

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Reserve’s Player Of The Year

James Chester

James Chester

Nominees: James Chester | Tom Cleverly | Corry Evans

Winner: James Chester

James Chester, reserves captain, was delighted to accept the award from his boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Chester has been very important to the reserve’s success and is undoubtedly a worthy winner of the accolade

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Goal Of The Season

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Nominees: Federico Vs. Aston Villa | Cristiano Ronaldo Vs. Porto | Berbatov Vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Winner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo wins it with his thunderbolt against Porto which saw United through to the next round. Andy Cole presented Ronaldo with the award for Goal Of The Season

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Fans Player Of The Year

Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic

Nominees: Wayne Rooney | Carlos Tevez | Nemanja Vidic | Cristiano Ronaldo | Ryan Giggs

Winner: Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic wins the Sir Matt Busby Award after a stunning season. He’s been like a rock in defence and I don’t think there can be any debates about the winner. Vidic was presented the trophy by Carl Wright and Olympian, Usain Bolt.

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Players’ Player Of The Year

Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic

Winner: Nemanja Vidic

Presented by Sir Alex and the chairman of Hublot watches, Nemanja Vidic scoops another award on the night after his team mates voted for him. Vidic has been a stand out performer for United all season and well done to him. The Serb commented,

I’m honoured. It’s amazing to get these awards. I’m very happy here at United. I enjoy being here every day and playing with these players and working with the coaches.

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Congratulations to all the winners and people involved. Also, well done to Carl Wright who bought the honour of presenting Nemanja Vidic with the Fans Player Of The Year award after winning it in an auction for charity earlier in the night for a tidy sum of £7,000.

DOWNLOAD THE AWARDS CEREMONY HERE

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