To mark the 20th anniversary of the Premier League, a series of awards will be handed out the recognise the best players, goals, matches, celebrations etc. of the past twenty years.
As you would expect, having won more Premier League titles than every other club combined, we dominate the awards.
Best manager shortlist: Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Harry Redknapp, David Moyes.
Best player shortlist: Dennis Bergkamp, Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry, Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Alan Shearer, Patrick Vieira, Gianfranco Zola.
Best team: Blackburn 94/95, United 98/99, Arsenal 03/04, Chelsea 04/05 and United 07/08.
Best quote: Eric Cantona, 1995, “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.”
Alan Hansen, 1995, “The trick is always buy when you’re strong so he needs to buy
players. You can’t win anything with kids. You look at that line up Manchester United had today and Aston Villa at quarter past two when they get the team sheet, it’s just going to give them a lift and it will happen every time he plays the kids. He’s got to buy players, as simple as that.”
Kevin Keegan, 1996, “When you do that with footballers like he said about Leeds, and when you do things like that about a man like Stuart Pearce. I’ve kept really quiet but I’ll tell you something, he went down in my estimations when he said that. We have not resorted to that. You can tell him now, we’re still fighting for this title and he’s got to go to Middlesbrough and get something. And I’ll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it. But it really has got to me. I’ve voiced it live, not in front of the press or anywhere. I’m not even going to the press conference. But the battle is still on and Man United have not won this yet.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, 2003, “We have to carry on doing our best. It’s getting tickly now – squeaky-bum time, I call it. It’s going to be an interesting few weeks and the standard of the Premiership is such that nothing will be easy.”
José Mourinho, 2004, “Please don’t call me arrogant because what I am saying is true. I am European champion so I am not one of the bottle. I think I am the special one.”
In the best goal category, United are represented with Rooney vs City, Cantona’s chip vs Sunderland and Beckham’s goal from the half way line vs Wimbledon.
You can vote for some of these awards on the Premier League website.
Unfortunately, with United dominating the nominations, it’s likely we will split the vote.
I have voted for: Best Match (United 4-3 City), Best Goal (Cantona vs Sunderland), Best Celebration (Fergie and Kidd vs Sheffield Wednesday), Best Save (Schmeichel vs Newcastle). For my team I had Schmeichel, Neville, Stam, Ferdinand, Irwin, Ronaldo, Scholes, Keane, Giggs, Cantona and Cole. (Ok, so I know there are some other non-United players who deserve to be in it but obviously I want as many reds in there as possible).