Belfast Telegraph

PFA announce awards shortlists

Manchester United and Chelsea both have two players on the shortlist for the 2012-13 Professional Footballers' Association's prestigious Player of the Year award.

United duo Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick are in contention for the award, while Chelsea's Juan Mata and Eden Hazard have also been nominated.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is not surprisingly on the list after his outstanding season, while Gareth Bale has been nominated for both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award.

Van Persie' has been hugely impressive in his first season at Old Trafford, while Carrick receives his first nomination at the age of 31 after playing a key role in United's quest for their 20th league title.

The biggest surprise is the absence of Swansea forward Michu, who many believe to be the signing of the season.

Like Bale, Hazard has also been listed for the Young Player prize, where he faces competition from Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere. Welbeck, Wilshere and Carrick are the only English players out of the 12 men nominated.

For the first time, there will be a Women's Player of the Year prize too, with Scotland's Kim Little amongst those nominated in addition to 20-year-old Arsenal team-mate Jordan Nobbs, who scored a stunning debut goal against Italy in England's triumphant Cyprus Cup campaign in March.


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