King Eric and Sir Alex are nominated for a plethora of awards.
If you haven't heard yet, the Premier League has revealed a shortlist for its upcoming 20 year awards. As one might expect, all things associated with Manchester United -- the club, its players, and its legendary manager -- are nominated for a plethora of awards. Eric Cantona alone is nominated for 5 categories. The shortlists were drawn up after voting from national newspapers and voting for the winners is currently open (Vote Here) to the public. The winners will announced on May 15. I'm sure most will vote with their heart rather than their brain, and for something like this, I don't see anything wrong with that. If anything, this can be a fun discussion. Personally, I'd love to have some pints one night and discuss this shortlist -- it'd make for fun evening. Here are the categories and nominees:
Best season: 1994-95, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2004-05, 2007-08
More categories and nominees after the jump...
Best quote: * "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much" - Eric Cantona (1995)
* "The trick is always buy when you're strong so he needs to buy players. You can't win anything with kids. You look at that line-up Manchester United had today and Aston Villa at quarter past two when they get the team sheet, it's just going to give them a lift and it will happen every time he plays the kids. He's got to buy players, as simple as that" - Alan Hansen (1996)
* "When you do that with footballers like he said about Leeds, and when you do things like that about a man like Stuart Pearce. I've kept really quiet but I'll tell you something, he went down in my estimations when he said that. We have not resorted to that. You can tell him now, we're still fighting for this title and he's got to go to Middlesbrough and get something. And I'll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it. But it really has got to me. I've voiced it live, not in front of the press or anywhere. I'm not even going to the press conference. But the battle is still on and Man United have not won this yet" - Kevin Keegan (1996)
* "We have to carry on doing our best. It's getting tickly now – squeaky-bum time, I call it. It's going to be an interesting few weeks and the standard of the Premiership is such that nothing will be easy" - Sir Alex Ferguson (2003)
* "Please don't call me arrogant because what I am saying is true. I am European champion so I am not one of the bottle. I think I am a special one" - Jose Mourinho (2004)
Best forward: Dennis Bergkamp, Eric Cantona, Andy Cole, Robbie Fowler, Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ian Wright, Gianfranco Zola
Best goal: Matt Le Tissier (Southampton v Newcastle, 1993-94); Matt Le Tissier (Blackburn v Southampton, 1994-95); Tony Yeboah (Leeds v Liverpool, 1995-96); David Beckham (Wimbledon v Man Utd, 1996-97); Eric Cantona (Man Utd v Sunderland, 1996-97); Paolo Di Canio (West Ham v Wimbledon, 1999-2000); Thierry Henry (Arsenal v Man Utd, 2000-01); Dennis Bergkamp (Newcastle v Arsenal, 2001-02); Alan Shearer (Newcastle v Everton, 2002-03); Wayne Rooney (Man Utd v Man City, 2010-11)
Best match: Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle (1995-96); Newcastle 5-0 Man Utd (1996-97); Tottenham 3-5 Man Utd (2001-02); Portsmouth 7-4 Reading (2007-08); Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham (2008-09); Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal (2008-09); Man Utd 4-3 Man City (2009-10); Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal (2010-11); Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal (2011-12); Man Utd 1-6 Man City (2011-12)
Best save: Peter Schmeichel (Liverpool v Man Utd, 1992-93); Peter Schmeichel (Newcastle v Man Utd, 1997-98); Jussi Jaaskelainen (Man Utd v Bolton, 2001-02); Shay Given (Sunderland v Newcastle, 2001-02); Tomasz Kuszczak (Wigan v West Brom, 2005-06); Carlo Cudicini (Tottenham v Chelsea, 2007-08); Brad Friedel (Blackburn v Man Utd, 2007-08); Joe Hart (Liverpool v Man City, 2007-08); Tomasz Kuszczak (Birmingham v Man Utd, 2007-08); Craig Gordon (Sunderland v Bolton, 2010-11)
Best goal celebration: Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Kidd (Man Utd v Sheff Wed, 1992-93); Jurgen Klinsmann (Sheff Wed v Tottenham, 1994-95); Lee Sharpe (Man Utd v Arsenal, 1994-95); Eric Cantona (Man Utd v Sunderland, 1996-97); Temuri Ketsbaia (Newcastle v Bolton, 1997-98); Ian Wright and Neil Ruddock (West Ham v Southampton, 1998-99); Steven Gerrard (Man Utd v Liverpool, 2008-09); Jimmy Bullard (Man City v Hull, 2009-10); Lomana Lua Lua (Newcastle, multiple occasions); Alan Shearer (Newcastle, multiple occasions)
Who/What did you vote for? Who is best Premier League XI? We'd love to hear thoughts in the comments section below.