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Manchester United stars rightfully miss out on PFA team

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The PFA Premier League Team of the Year was announced last Sunday night and it came as  no surprise that not a single Manchester United player was selected. The Red Devils who had four players - David de Gea, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie -  last season have seen that number drop drastically to absolutely no one in what has been a horrid season after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The last time United players were left out was in 1990 which oddly enough was the last time that Liverpool have lifted the title. The Reds have also seen a drastic change in their performances under the direction of Brendan Rodgers, with the key difference being that the Anfield outfit are heading in the opposite direction. The improved performances of Liverpool's players have been noticed by their peers as they have the joint highest number of players in the team of the year as Chelsea.

The Reds stalwart skipper Steven Gerrard has driven a passionate Liverpool team towards  a desperate attempt to try and bring English football's top league accolade to Anfield for the first time in 24 years. Gerrard has been able to transform his career under the leadership of Brendan Rodgers who made Gerrard prioritise his defensive duties whilst using the England skipper's vision, accuracy and long-range passing abilities to push the team forward with speedsters, Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge able to outpace their opponents whilst on the break.

The latter duo have also formed the deadliest striking partnership in the league amassing a total of 50 goals between them - an amazing feat considering the fact that both players spent a similar amount of time out on the sideline due to suspension or injury. Suarez even went on to win the PFA Players' Player of the Year Award.

Chelsea have also done well this season. Petr Cech has lead the team towards having the best defensive record in the league. The Czech goalkeeper has kept 17 clean sheets this season - another league best. The 31-year-old has to thank the tactics of Jose Mourinho as well as the defensive pairing of John Terry and Garry Cahill - the latter of whom has also made it onto the PFA Team of the Year.

Eden Hazard also made it onto the team sheet with a number of superb performances from the Belgian. The Blues wizard, who is seen by many as being a potential winner of the Ballon d'Or in the future also manage to bag the PFA Young Player of the Year Award.

Manchester City's Yaya Toure was selected as part of the team as well. The African Player of the Year has been instrumental towards the Citizens' campaign which sees them an inch away from obtaining a 150 goals this season. The Ivorian has helped his club towards that feat by scoring 23 goals this season, 19 of which came in the Premier League. The 30-year-old was also joined by his club skipper Vincent Kompany in the line-up.

The Belgium international has been a rock in the Citizens' defence  for the past couple of seasons. The 28-year-old kingpin is looking forward to the World Cup in Brazil as he has already been named as a "certainty" by international manager Marc Wilmots.

Meanwhile, Southampton's Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana were the only two members of the Saints "Fab Four" to make it onto the team sheet. The England youngsters have been a revelation for Southampton as they look set to drive England forward towards a successful tournament in Brazil.

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman also made the squad in which the Irishman has been incredibly consistent. The 25-year-old has contributed a couple of goals as well towards the Toffees aim of attaining Champions League qualification. The defender's athleticism has been crucial for both club and country, and the Irish defender will be looking to another good season next term.

PFA Team of the Year

Formation: 4 - 4 - 2 (Diamond)

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Right Back : Seamus Coleman

Central Defence : Gary Cahill & Vincent Kompany

Left Back: Luke Shaw

Holding Midfielder: Steven Gerrard

Left Midfield: Eden Hazard

Right Midfield: Adam Lallana

Attacking Midfield: Yaya Toure

Strikers: Daniel Sturridge & Luis Suarez

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