Manchester United won the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa last week, and last night four of their players were placed in the PFA Team of the Year.

Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick, David De Gea and Rio Ferdinand all made the XI for the team of the 2012/13 season. In comparison, there was just lone Manchester City player, if the Premier League table did not show the dominance of the red side of Manchester, then the team named on Sunday evening surely did.

Coming in for criticism earlier on in the season, David De Gea has gone on to assert himself more in the League, and as a result, was named in goal for the Team of the Year. 

Despite having a better defensive record, City's Joe Hart has failed to show the form of last season, and some memorable howlers, the latest being against West Ham and Andy Carroll on Saturday, meant he has come in for criticism himself this season. In comparison, De Gea has gone from strength to strength and shown why he is still so highly rated at home in Spain, with rumours of interest from Barcelona also.

Secondly was Rio Ferdinand. With injury worries for Nemanja Vidic once again this season, the emphasis has been on Ferdinand when partnered with Evans, Smalling or Jones at centre back.  Despite his age, many consider this to be one of Rio's best seasons, if not his best for Manchester United.  And where he now lacks the pace to keep up with attackers, Rio reads the game superbly and has done so consistently this season.  

So much so that it led England manager Roy Hodgson to go back on his word, and recall Rio to the England squad, only for him to turn the chance down in order to continue his fine form for United.  His form has been crucial and has been part of the backbone of United this season

Michael Carrick was the third United name on the team sheet, and was also nominated for the Player of the Year award. His performances from midfield, and at times centre back, have been crucial to United. His range of passing has been complimented by many over the years and this season he has shown it yet again.  

Where many doubted Fergie's decision when he bought him from Spurs and to play him as often as he does, they have been silenced over the years and this season in particular.  He has repaid the faith shown in him over the years, and his cool and calm style of midfield play has been clear this season.

And finally, the name that was on the back of every newspaper last summer, Robin van Persie.  His decision to join United over rivals City has undoubtedly tipped the title in United's direction this season. Top scorer at present, his brilliant hat-trick against Aston Villa secured United their 20th title. 

He made himself at home at United very quickly and has continued his scoring form since, all apart from a brief absence on the scoresheet for eight games. But he bounced back when many believed he was faltering, and they way in which he won the title for United on that Monday night will be remembered for many years to come.  His name made it the fourth United player to be named by the PFA for their Team of the Year.

These four, in comparison to just one from current 2nd placed side Manchester City. Their single player named was Pablo Zabaleta, who has had a fine season himself.  

Good solid defensive displays, combined with some great forward running and a few goals, many see Zabaleta as one of the most consistent City players this year. And having acted as captain in the absence of Vincent Kompany, he has done a great job amongst a group of players that have failed to repeat last seasons heroics.

The PFA Team of the Year has gone to show that, in the minds of the players, there has only been one team that has been outstanding this season, and with four players nominated in their Team of the Year, Manchester United have taken centre stage once again following the hurt of last season.

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