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Premier League: End-of-season awards

Ferguson led Manchester United to the Premier League title in his final season (©GettyImages)
Ferguson led Manchester United to the Premier League title in his final season (©GettyImages).

As the 2012/13 Premier League season has come to an end, there has again been many shocks, surprises and great moments.

Manchester United were crowned champions, Arsenal pipped Tottenham for fourth place and QPR, Reading and Wigan were relegated. 

So, here we have made a list of award-winners from the season gone by:

Player of the Season

Winner: Gareth Bale

Runner Up: Robin van Persie

This was a straightforward choice in the end. While Bale did not start the season brilliantly he has found incredible form since Christmas and has essentially carried Tottenham all season long. Without Bale, Spurs would have been nowhere near the top four race and that is testament to his performances this season.

Young Player of the Season

Winner: Romelu Lukaku

Runner Up: Christian Benteke

Until his final day hat trick I would have given this to Benteke, but Lukaku’s performance against Manchester United tipped the balance in his favour. Both Belgian strikers look to have very bright futures. Both are strong, quick and powerful and have scored a terrific number of goals this season. If Chelsea can’t find a place for Lukaku next season, he won’t be short of suitors.

Goal of the Season

Winner: Robin van Persie (second v Aston Villa)

Runner Up: Andreas Weimann (v Liverpool)

Robin van Persie scored a fantastic hat trick against Aston Villa to seal the Premier League Title for Manchester United and his second goal was something special. His over the shoulder first time volley is definitely deserving of goal of the season. The runner up was a different kind of goal but equally special. Aston Villa were sensational in their win at Anfield in December and their passing, team move for their third was a stunning goal.

Manager of the Season

Winner: Sir Alex Ferguson

Runner Up: David Moyes

There is only one winner of this accolade. Sir Alex Ferguson has bowed out with yet another League Winners Medal, his 13th Premier League crown. This is not the best squad he has ever managed and yet they won the League with games to spare, showing what a remarkable job he continues to do. His successor at Old Trafford, David Moyes had an equally brilliant season at Everton, guiding them to 6th place in the Premier League with a small squad and small budget, which is also an incredible achievement.

Worst Manager of the Season

Winner: Mark Hughes

Runner Up: Harry Redknapp

Let’s be honest, QPR were an embarrassment from first day to last. They have a squad of players capable of finishing in the top half and yet they finished rock bottom of the Premier League. The players must take some blame, but both managers at the club this season were terrible and therefore they fight it out for worst manager of the season.

Best Signing

Winner: Michu

Runner up: Robin van Persie

In terms of impact Robin van Persie is comfortably the best signing of the season. However, when you factor in that United spent £24 million on him, while Swansea spent just £2m on Michu, that gives the Spaniard the edge of Signing of the Season. 18 League Goals for Michu is a remarkable return.

Worst Signing

Winner: Fabio Borini

Runner Up: Christopher Samba

Liverpool spent over £10m on Fabio Borini and I really don’t think anyone knows why. In his time at Chelsea and Swansea he worked under Rodgers so the Liverpool boss must see something in him that nobody else can. He has had injuries this season which haven’t helped, but when he has played he can’t hit a barn door and plays like his laces have been tied together. As for Chris Samba, it takes a lot for a January signing to be considered as Worst Signing of the year, but given QPR spent £12m on him and his defending is frankly shambolic, it’s easy to see why he is considered.

Referee of the Season

Winner: Mark Clattenburg

Runner Up: Mark Halsey

Mark Clattenburg has had a difficult season after the accusations of racism levelled at him by Chelsea earlier in the season. The allegations were complete fabrications and they caused damage to the referee that was totally unjustified. The way he has come back and performed admirably earns him this award. Mark Halsey is an inspiration, returning to referee after cancer and doing so to a fantastic level. Special mention also for lineswoman Sian Massey, brought into the public eye by Richard Keys and Andy Gray, who I am yet to see get an offside decision wrong.

Worst Haircut

Winner: Tom Huddlestone

Runner Up: Bacary Sagna

Sagna is a frequent contender here but Tom Huddlestome pips him this time. Oh Tom what were you thinking?

Underrated Player of the Season

Winner: Phil Jagielka

Runner Up: Tom Cleverley

Jagielka is a rock for Everton and doesn’t get enough credit for it. He is a defender that could easily play at the highest level of European football. As for Cleverley he gets a lot of stick from non United supporters but actually when you watch him play, he keeps the tempo high and moves the ball around the pitch quickly and incisively.

Eleven of the Year

GK: Mignolet, DEF: Rafael, Vertonghen, Jagielka, Baines, MID: Carrick, Mata, Bale, Cazorla, ATT: Michu, Van Persie

 

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