15 Apr 2009

Ronaldo leads United dominance of PFA award nominations

6:19 am on 15 April 2009

Cristiano Ronaldo is on course for a hat-trick of PFA Player of the Year awards after being included in the nominations released overnight.

The Portuguese, who was voted World Footballer of the Year in January, is one of five Manchester United nominees, a reflection on a season that could end with Alex Ferguson's side collecting five trophies.

United's central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are in contention for the award voted for by their fellow professionals while Ryan Giggs and goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar are also nominated.

The 35-year-old Giggs, who has never won the award, has been in sparkling form for United as they aim to add the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup to the FIFA Club World Cup and English League Cup trophies they have already won.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard completes the list of six.