Premier League All-Time PFA XI: Man Utd & Arsenal Dominate, Gerrard In But No Terry
The Daily Mail have come up with a Premier League all-time XI based on how many times a player was selected in the PFA Team of the Year. Check it out here
The Daily Mail have come up with a Premier League all-time XI based on how many times a player was selected in the PFA Team of the Year.
Every season since the Premier League began in 1992/93, the players have voted for their team of the year and the newspaper has gone through the archives to find out which players were most selected to create the ultimate Premier League XI.
Unsurprisingly, Manchester United come out on top with six representatives. The Red Devils dominate the defence with Edwin van der Sar in goal while Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Gary Neville also make the side.
Cristiano Ronaldo was voted in every TOTY between 2006-2009 while Ryan Giggs makes the cut after being voted in six teams by his peers.
Arsenal come in second with three representatives and it’s no surprise to see Thierry Henry leading the attack after being named in the Team of the Year for six consecutive seasons between 2001-2006 while Patrick Vieira also made the ultimate XI after being named in every TOTY between 1999-2004.
Ashley Cole was the final Gunner to make the cut – although Chelsea can claim the left-back as theirs for the 2011 season.
With Man Utd and Arsenal stars making up 9 of the starting 11 there is only 2 places left with Alan Shearer joining Henry in attack while Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard leads the way after being named in a record seven team of the year’s during his career.
Here’s how the team lines-up:
It’s certainly a formidable side but there are some notable absentees. Surprisingly, goalkeeping legends Peter Schmeichel and David Seaman weren’t selected enough to make the cut while Chelsea’s John Terry is another who doesn’t make the defence.
Sol Campbell, Petr Cech, Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Wayne Rooney, Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes and Didier Drogba are other notable mentions but the big battle was in central midfield.
It’s a debate that has raged for years; Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira? Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard? But unfortunately for Man Utd and Chelsea fans the results speak for themselves and Keane and Lamps were picked fewer times than rivals Vieira and Gerrard.
So, what do you think of this side? Is this a good way to choose an ultimate XI? Share your thoughts below….
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