Rio Ferdinand: Flawed PFA voting stopped Robin van Persie winning award

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Rio Ferdinand believes his Manchester United teammate Robin van Persie didn’t win the PFA Player of the Year award because the voting system is flawed.

Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale won the award, as well as the Young Player of the Year award, but the Old Trafford defender said he did not begrudge the Welshman his win.

Ferdinand had issue with the voting system that had deployed by the PFA and felt that the timing of the ballot meant Bale’s good form coincided with Van Persie going through a barren patch.

Van Persie was the crucial to Manchester United securing their 20th title this season, scoring 25 Premier League goals that will likely win him the Golden Boot.

Ferdinand is sure that the Dutchman signed by Arsenal for £24million last summer would have won the vote had it been done closer to the end of the season.

“The problem with the PFA awards is that the voting system is flawed,” said the 34-year-old.

“There's so much technology at hand that you could do it over an iPad and just say 'bang, bang, bang' at the end of the season.

“I am not just being biased but if it was voted for today Robin van Persie would win it by a country mile.

“But it was voted for by the players in late February or March. Gareth Bale is a worthy winner, but for me it isn't a true reflection of the season.”

Both Bale and Van Persie were also named in the PFA Team of the Year, as was Ferdinand after another title-winning season.

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