Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in PFA Team of the Year while Chelsea star Eden Hazard misses out
The team was revealed on Thursday and is dominated by stars from title-chasers Liverpool and Manchester City.
Four players from Jurgen Klopp’s side have been selected, including defender Virgil Van Dijk, who will be crowned Player of the Year at the awards ceremony on Sunday, as well as Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane.
Five City stars feature, with Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Ederson, Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho given the nod by their fellow professionals.
Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has not been included for the second season running, despite being a nominee for the main individual prize this term.
So far this season, Hazard, who won the PFA Player of the Season in 2015, has scored 16 Premier League goals and is the most creative player in the league having recorded 13 assists so far.
It’s also understood the Belgian is wanted by Real Madrid and is widely expected to make the move to Spain in the summer, bringing and end to seven years in the capital.
Pogba’s inclusion in the team will raise a few eyebrows as he has struggled for form for large parts of the season.
Under former United boss Jose Mourinho the Frenchman was poor, but his form drastically picked up following the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
His recent performances have again dipped as the Red Devils endure a terrible patch of form, with seven of their last nine matches ending in defeat.
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“The guy is a talented boy, but we’re saying the same things over and over again,” he said.
“The number of times I’ve seen him in games where he’s not sprinting back or running back. He’s talking about body language, throwing his arms up in the air, he’s a big problem for United.
“I don’t know what he’s like around the training ground or when they travel, but he mentioned body language and pride, I don’t see it, I don’t see it in his performances. And my eyes don’t lie to me.
“I’m not disagreeing he’s a talented player, but you need more than just talent. We talk about the real top players, the great players, they make their team better and they make their teammates better. He doesn’t do that. He plays for himself.”
The team sparked plenty of debate on social media…
The PFA will honour the players at its annual awards ceremony in London on Sunday, April 28.
PFA Premier League Team of the Year 2019: Ederson (Manchester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Sadio Mane (Liverpool).
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