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Alex Ferguson and Nemanja Vidic make it Manchester United awards double


Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic

Manchester United have claimed an awards double with Sir Alex Ferguson and Nemanja Vidic landing the Barclays Manager and Player of the Season honours.

Ferguson has led United to their 12th Premier League title, and 19th English league success overall, plus the Champions League final.

Centre-back Vidic has been the key cog in United's defence and has made more league starts than any other Red Devils player during the campaign.

Ferguson, 69, lands the top manager award from the Premier League sponsors for a ninth time, while 29-year-old Vidic has now been named Barclays' Player of the Season twice in his United career, with votes coming from representatives of football's governing bodies, the media and fans.

Meanwhile, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola wants his players to treat their Champions League final against United as though it may be their last — even though the Catalan giants have now reached this stage of the competition three times in the last six years.

“In 1992 we thought that we would never play a European Cup final again,” he said. “I want my players to feel the same. We cannot waste this opportunity. We are so lucky to be in a final.

“We have to be conscious of the fact that although we have played two finals in the last three years, we could go another 20 years without making it to another.”

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