I've always found it an odd practice that player of the year awards are typically announced prior to the end of a season. However, Manchester United's season was effectively over weeks ago when they clinched the title after their impressive defeat of Aston Villa. Therefore, voting for the club's player of the year probably could have commenced then. The games since have been mostly stale, despite having had rivals Arsenal and Chelsea on the fixture list. Things obviously livened up this week with the retirement annoucements of Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes and the emotional celebration of their legendary careers earlier today at Old Trafford. Now things feel final -- on multiple levels.
Tomorrow is the parade through Manchester in celebration of the club's 20th title. In addition, the club's awards dinner for player of the year is on Wednesday evening. Therefore, now feels like an appropriate time to begin the poll on who this community thinks the player of the year should be. Voting on our poll will close on Wednesday afternoon. I don't want to influence the voting at all with descriptions of the candidate's seasons. Instead, I'll simply offer up the four players who made the PFA's Premier League team of the year (Michael Carrick, David de Gea, Rio Ferdinand, and Robin van Persie) and another (in my opinion) that should have in Rafael. Now go vote in our poll below!