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Rio: PFA awards voting 'flawed'

MANCHESTER UNITED defender Rio Ferdinand has called for an overhaul of the Professional Footballers' Association's "flawed" Player of the Year voting system.

Tottenham forward Gareth Bale scooped both the main award and young player honour last month, before adding the Football Writers' prize as well.

For the prestigious FWA honour, members could vote virtually until the result was confirmed.

Yet the players have to vote much earlier, which Ferdinand feels leads to an inadequate conclusion.

"The problem with the PFA awards is that the voting system is flawed," Ferdinand said.

"There's so much technology at hand that you could do it over an iPad and just say 'bang, bang, bang' at the end of the season.

"I am not just being biased, but if it was voted for today, Robin van Persie would win it by a country mile.

"But it was voted for by the players in late February or March. Gareth Bale is a worthy winner, but for me it isn't a true reflection of the season."

Both United boss Alex Ferguson and Manchester City counterpart Roberto Mancini are in agreement that Van Persie's Old Trafford arrival from Arsenal made the significant difference this term.

The question now is who Ferguson will add to his squad this summer. Not that the position around the United manager is straightforward.

While it has been confirmed Ferguson will have hip surgery in the summer, no explanation has been put forward why the 71-year-old's operation will take place after the club's summer tour to Australia and the Far East rather than immediately, when it would have no impact on any club business.


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