While Gerrard took 73 of the votes, 10 higher than Ryan Giggs, the winner of the Professional Footballers' Association award, he was the only Liverpool player to win more than one nomination, whereas almost half the vote went to Old Trafford players. Wayne Rooney was in third place with 36, whereas Ferguson's own choice, Nemanja Vidic, received 12, Rio Ferdinand had six, Cristiano Ronaldo three and Michael Carrick two.
"The fact that we had six players in there didn't do them any good because the vote has been split," said Ferguson. "Steven Gerrard is a terrific player in his own right and you can't deny the lad his position in the game but, from the Manchester United perspective, I thought Vidic had a great chance this year. His form has been magnificent all season."